Career Jump Start - July 22, 2014

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Career Jump Start Newsletter

July 22, 2014

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Code ReConnect - Automation Alley

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Are you seeking employment in the information technology industry but lack the skills and credentials needed for the job? Code ReConnect is a new technical training program designed to provide participants with the high-level IT training to place them on a path to career success.

The program includes:

  • 120 hours of classroom instruction and 64 hours of hands-on lab time
  • Employer-driven curriculum leading to industry-recognized certification (Microsoft Certified Professional, MCP)
  • Up to 24 hours of employment preparation skills including resume writing and updating, interviewing skills and mock interview scenarios
  • 16 hours of instructor led exam preparation
  • Access to practice exams
  • Employment opportunities in conjunction with Kelly Services, Inc

Code ReConnect graduates first class of new IT pros

The first class graduated eight people. So far two of them have landed positions and the other six are interviewing for jobs. Automation Alley is working with Kelly Services to provide participants with access to employment opportunities with local tech companies through a six-month paid mentorship program. Among the participating companies are Digerati, CDH and Altair Engineering.

For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or email 

Additive Manufacturing Programs Available Across the State

Additive manufacturing is certainly an area of growth where customization allows for design flexibility and speed to market. Composite manufacturers are also seeing resurgence because of the need to create lighter and more efficient materials. Energy-related jobs will also be in the forefront because of the need for energy independence. 

Additive manufacturing is described as the industrial version of 3-D printing, and is known as ‘additive’ because it builds an object by using ultrathin layers of material one by one.  Additive manufacturing cuts the cost of tooling and materials: a piece can have all of its holes incorporated into it, with great precision, as it is built up from powder, instead of needing to have them expensively drilled afterwards.

Key benefits of additive manufacturing are: shorter lead times, mass customization, reduced parts count, more complex shapes, parts on demand, less material waste, and lower life-cycle energy use.

Muskegon Community College

St. Clair County Community College

Delta College

Monroe County Community College

Oakland Community College

Mid Michigan Community College

Schoolcraft College

Two New Automotive Service Technology Programs at Delta College

Delta College Automotive Service Technology

The automotive service and repair industry has gone through several changes in the last ten years. Working on the cars and light trucks of today require a serious understanding of the technologies that are part of the modern, sophisticated automobile. This increased amount of technology explains the importance of program reviews, updates, and revisions. Automotive service technology programs need to stay current to properly educate technicians to meet industry standards. That also reinforces the importance of accreditation for automotive programs.

Starting fall 2014 semester, Delta College will be offering two new Automotive Service Technology programs which allow students to gain the technical training required to successfully complete the following goals:

  • MLR Level automotive service internship
  • ASE G1 Certification Test
  • AST Level automotive service internship
  • ASE A1-A8 Technician Certification Tests

These programs meet industry standards and will be evaluated every five years by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The programs include new AUTO classes based on NATEF task lists in all eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) areas. Classes are taught through classroom and hands-on lab experiences.

  • Automotive Service Technology – Associate in Applied Science
  • Automotive Service Technology – Advanced Certificate

In addition to being trained to enter the automotive field as a technician or service writer, you will have a broader based education by completing the associate degree. You may also choose to continue your education by seeking a baccalaureate degree.

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