Career Jump Start - June 24, 2014

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Career Jump Start Newsletter

June 24, 2014

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Four New Engineering/Technology Programs at Baker College of Jackson

The manufacturing and engineering sectors are coming back all over the country, especially in Michigan. Jobs are being created— but only for those who are prepared with the right skills. Today, more than 60% of all manufacturing jobs require advanced training and education and over 300,000 technology jobs sit unfilled across the U.S. That's why Baker College of Jackson is introducing four new programs in some of the most in-demand engineering/technology career fields available today.

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This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools. Students will perform machining functions such as cutting, drilling, shaping, and finishing products and component parts. Graduates from this program will enter a high-demand field with the skills required for a potentially high-paying position and successful career.


In this program, you will gain the essential Computer Numerical Control (CNC) knowledge and experience needed to operate today’s technologically advanced manufacturing lathes, turning centers, mills, routers, and other machines. In the second year, you will receive advanced software training in Mastercam, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks, preparing you to design new products and write CNC programs to manufacture them.


The Mechanical Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in mechanical design, manufacturing, and production industries. Emphasis is placed on computer-aided design (CAD) along with the mathematical and communication skills required to function effectively as part of an engineering team. This program provides the foundation courses in science and mathematics leading graduates to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, which can be completed in three additional years.


In the Mechanical Engineering program, you learn how to apply the fundamentals of engineering science to practical problems using inventive design, analysis and synthesis of mechanical components, systems, and tools. To complete the program in four years, you may have the opportunity to test out of some beginning courses. As an evening program, it provides working adults the opportunity to earn an engineering degree while continuing to work full-time.

For a complete list of available Engineering/Technology programs, click here.

Upcoming Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) events

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Individuals interested in pursuing an education in a technical field while earning a paycheck from a participating employer are invited to apply for the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) program!

MAT2 provides students with an opportunity to earn an associate degree at a participating community college, while gaining real-world, hands-on training in the high-tech, in-demand fields of Mechatronics, Information Technology, and Technical Product Design.

There are two more informational sessions coming up this month:

  • Thursday, June 26: MAT2 Information Session at Macomb Community College. Sign-in at 5:30 p.m., presentation runs from 6pm-7pm.
  • Monday, June 30: MAT2 Information Session at Oakland Community College: Sign-in at 5:30 p.m., presentation runs from 6pm-7pm.

MAT2 administrators will be on hand to discuss program development, occupations offered, and the application and selection process. Both events are open to the public and no registration is necessary!

As a reminder, student application deadline is Friday, July 11.

More information can be found at

Washtenaw Community College IGNITEs Michigan!

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WCC’s IGNITE program offers accelerated certificate programs in information technology designed to train students for jobs in high-demand information technology fields. With funding provided by a $2.9 million U.S. Department of Labor Grant, the IGNITE program offers certificates comprised of traditional classroom studies blended with online learning.

Students can prepare for high-demand careers in Computer Technology with certification training in Linux/Unix Systems, Java Programming, and Microsoft Technology Associate.  Courses are offered online and on campus to meet busy schedules.  All content taught is linked to industry best practices.  Click here for more information on Washtenaw Community College’s IGNITE program.  

Trucking Driving Programs in Michigan

Truck Drivers are in high-demand in Michigan! Here is a list of several training programs available to get started in this career. 

  • Baker College - The Truck Driving program prepares you for an entry-level position as a local or long-distance driver of tractor trailers, heavy trucks, dump trucks, and tankers.
  • Driving For America - Driving for America takes great care to help find the very best career opportunities for each individual student.  We conduct thorough assessments to calculate previous transportation/logistics experience, career aspirations and career needs to match you with employers for the best culture fit. 
  • Tri Area Driving School - What better time to start thinking about getting training in truck driving! The transportation industry currently has an unprecedented demand for commercial drivers. In fact, hundreds of major companies have thousands of openings right now for highly trained truck driving professionals. Most feature exceptional compensation packages, including excellent pay, full medical, life and dental insurance, impressive 401(k) retirement plans, paid vacations and much more!
  • Mid Michigan Community College - The objectives of the commercial Driver License (CDL) Class B Training Program at Mid Michigan Community College are to train drivers in the theory and practical application of driving commercial vehicles, and to increase the employment possibilities of persons who have never driven commercially and wish to enter this rewarding occupation.
  • US Truck Driver Training School, Inc. - Truck Driver Training is something that we take great pride in, and helping individuals acquire a skill that can lead to a lucrative career in the transportation industry for years to come is our number one goal. 

Calendar of Events

July 17th – MDOT YDMP College and Transportation Career Choice Fair 

June 27th-28th – 2014 M.A.R.C. Robotics Competition 

August 27th -- Michigan Virtual Career Fair 

October 3rd --  2014 Summit - Closing the Stem Talent Gap  

Please email if you have any questions. 

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