Career Jump Start - November 25, 2014

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Career Jump Start Newsletter

November 25, 2014

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Short-term Academies at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center

The Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center leverages local business expertise to identify and prioritize industry training needs. 


Academy schedule to begin January 20, 2015 and July 27, 2015

This is the place to start a high tech, advanced technology career! Mechatronics is described as the next skilled trade. While electricians and millwrights are highly skilled within their area of expertise, a Mechatronic Technician has the unique training and skills to work on advanced integrated systems.

According to the Journal of Mechatronics:
Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of precision mechanical engineering, electronic control and systems thinking in the design of products and manufacturing processes. It relates to the design of systems, devices and products aimed at achieving an optimal balance between basic mechanical structure and its overall control.

Is this for you?

  • This is a hands-on learning program. You'll need to be self-motivated and willing to put in the lab time needed to gain skills
  • In 20 weeks you will become job ready
  • You are looking for a fast-track to employment
  • You must be committed to success.

The field offers endless opportunities in a wide range of work sectors. 


Academy begins January 27, 2015

The Animal Technician Academy introduces students to animal technology, humane care and the use of laboratory animals through classroom discussion and hands-on laboratory experiences. Academy students gain a basic knowledge in all aspects of animal technology including basic anatomy and physiology, identification methods, humane care and maintenance, health and observation, handling techniques, biosecurity, record keeping and medical terminology. In addition, students gain skills in effective communication, workplace safety, critical thinking and employability. Hands-on training is species specific and taught by highly qualified personnel.

Animal Technician


Class begins March 10, 2015

As cellular telephone networks continue to expand, so do the employment opportunities for cell tower technicians. Cell tower technicians climb the face of telecommunications/cellular towers to install, test, maintain, repair and remove a variety of radio frequency and antenna equipment. Currently there is a critical shortage of cell tower technicians and demand is expected to remain high for the next six to 10 years. To meet this demand, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a member of the National Association of Tower Erectors, is launching the area's first training academy for cell tower technicians.

Advancement in technology is happening so quickly that the equipment in use today will be obsolete in the near future. As the cycle continues, the same technician who installs the equipment today will be making upgrades tomorrow. Each new advance means technicians need to have a great foundational knowledge. The industry needs people who have an interest in working at heights, have the ability to travel extensively and are dedicated to a safe work environment.

To see a complete list of programs, click here. 

Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²)

Michigan Advanced Technician Training

Entering today’s high-tech job market is difficult. As a high school or college graduate, you’re at a disadvantage, competing with more experienced career professionals. But with the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program, you’re hired on the first day!

MAT2 matches your career goals with the needs of industry partners to produce a pipeline of educated and highly qualified technical employees. During the three-year program, you’ll alternate between classrooms, labs and your work site, gaining hands-on, marketable skills

MAT2 provides you with:

  • College tuition paid for by the employer
  • On-the-job training with pay
  • An associate degree in a high-tech, in-demand field
  • A job upon successful completion of the program.

To learn more about how MAT2 can help spring you towards success for your future career in advanced manufacturing or technology, please visit Applications are now being accepted.

Questions? Please contact

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