At a time when local businesses are in dire need of a highly-skilled workforce, students at Mid Michigan College are earning industry-recognized certifications as part of their skilled trades degrees. In addition to their degree, these certifications allow students to demonstrate valuable skills.

Mid has partnered with organizations representing a wide-range of career-fields to award industry-recognized skill certifications. Since 2018, Mid has affiliated with NC3, the National Coalition of Certification Centers, a nationwide network of education/training providers and corporations that develops, implements, and sustains industry-recognized certifications built on national skills standards.

“These third-party, industry-recognized certifications differentiate Mid students as they apply for new jobs or look to advance in their current roles,” said Shawn Troy, Dean of Workforce & Career Education at Mid. “They help students demonstrate the skills they have mastered to employers throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.”

Mid has awarded about 600 NC3 certifications to students in automotive, heating/air conditioning, automation, and advanced manufacturing.

The majority of these certificates are learned in a hands-on learning environment. Mid is preparing for a successful and safe Winter Semester with courses, including those held in skilled trades labs, planned to take place on-campus and online.

“All of us at Mid understand that these are challenging times to learn a skilled trade in a hands-on environment, but we’re confident in our plan,” said Troy. “We have a strong plan in place that includes regularly cleaning labs, requiring face coverings, and providing more flexible scheduling options to allow for social distancing.”

For more information about Mid’s Skilled Trades programs, visit or contact Dean Shawn Troy at or (989) 386-6658.

Registration for the winter semester is available now and courses begin January 11. Prospective students can apply online at or contact Admissions at or (989) 386-6661.

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