Career Jump Start - September 2, 2014

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september 2, 2014

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College Night 2014 at Lansing Community College

College Night Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is pleased to announce our college night for fall 2014. We cordially invite you to participate in our college night event at LCC, Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from 50+ colleges and universities from around the state.

There are many other College Nights happening throughout the state in September and October!

Lake Michigan College
September 22, 2014 6:30 – 8:00 PM
You know how many college choices are out there. Finding out what best fits you can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Lake Michigan College’s “College Night” makes it easy. We’ve gathered representatives from more than 60 colleges in one place so you can get the answers you want about life after high school.'s absolutely free!

Central Michigan University
September 30, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
High school and community college students, along with parents, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators, are invited to attend this annual college fair held in Central Michigan University's Events Center.
Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about academic programs, financial aid, costs, support services and campus and community atmosphere.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
October 6, 2014 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
College, university and training institution representatives will be available to speak with students and parents about their programs and campuses. Also scheduled to participate are spokesmen from the armed forces and training providers who will detail what's available at technical schools and how military service can help pay for a college education. 

Schoolcraft College
October 8, 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
At College Night, high school students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet with over 80 representatives from a variety of colleges and universities--large/small, urban/suburban/rural, public/private, in-state/out-of-state, etc., in order to explore various college options. 

Email to find out if a College Night is happening near you!

MAT2 Launches 2014 Cohorts in Southeast Michigan

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This past August, new cohorts for the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program were launched in coordination with three academic providers; Henry Ford College, Macomb Community College, and Oakland Community College.

MAT2 first launched in September 2013 with a mechatronics cohort at Henry Ford College and Oakland Community College. The program was created in order to address two critical issues facing manufacturing and technology employers in Michigan: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. The 2014 launch of additional cohorts for new occupational programs of technical product design and information technology, in addition to a second cohort for mechatronics, marks the significant amount of progress and momentum that the initiative has gained over the past year.

In addition to the three academic providers in southeast Michigan, 28 employers will be participating in the program beginning this fall.

New programs are set to be developed for 2015 and beyond, and will include additional academic providers throughout the state, as well as increased involvement from manufacturing and technology companies interested in participating in this innovative and employer-driven educational model.

High school seniors, recent high school graduates, and anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in manufacturing and technology can learn more about this program and apply by visiting

Michigan's Skilled Trades and High-Tech Future

Skilled Trades Michigan

"The skills gap isn't going to be fixed by four-year theoretical degrees, it's going to be fixed by people putting tools to metal and doing things with their hands."

Check out Governor Snyder's video on improving skilled trades in Michigan here

Automation Workz - Come Learn More About Advanced Manufacturing

Automation Workz

This event exposes 9th - 12th graders and their parents to the new advanced manufacturing skilled trade jobs that do not require a Bachelor’s Degree.

Manufacturing automation has been growing and will grow exponential as the industrial internet concept grows.  Working in an  industrial factory requires understanding of computer software, computer programming, and robotics. Robots perform the dirty work of painting, welding, machining and tooling. Someone must operate those robots.

The new skilled trade job is a computer job. These computer operators are the new skilled trade - highly paid and in high demand. Ironically, their jobs require less training than a Bachelor Degree while earning more than those who have a  Bachelor Degree.

If your student does not want to go to college or if you need to retool your career,  INVEST 3 hours to learn about the new advanced manufacturing skilled trade jobs.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Automated Factory Lab - Comau Innovation Campus
21175 Telegraph Road Southfield, MI 48033

To learn more about the event and to register, click here. 

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