Automation and robotics. Plastics technology. Machine tools. Welding. Manufacturing management.
The Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Program at Mid Michigan College has now expanded to feature five distinct pathways that students can follow toward their chosen careers, better preparing area residents to join the workforce.
Students that enroll in Mid’s AIM program take basic manufacturing courses before selecting one of the five pathways as their focus. Career options depend on whether students enter the workforce with an associate degree from Mid or go on to complete a bachelor’s degree.
"With five pathways, including Automation & Robotics, Plastics Technology, CNC Programming & Machine Tooling, Welding, and Management, the AIM Program offers what students are looking for and leads to rewarding careers in the local area," says Shawn Troy, Dean of Workforce and Career Education at Mid.
"We’re especially excited to offer our students hands-on access to robotics equipment in our labs."
By expanding to five pathways, Mid has further demonstrated it is invested in its AIM program and workforce development.
In the 2018 fall semester, Mid began offering industry-recognized certifications for its AIM program, as well as its Automotive and Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning (HRA) programs.
It has been, says the college, an immediate success. A February 2019 report says that nearly 120 certifications were awarded to students over that first semester.
"We want to ensure that we’re setting students up to succeed. By offering these industry-recognized certifications, the College is demonstrating our investment in keeping pace with current and upcoming technologies and preparing students to be excellent employees," says Troy.
"The College has always been dedicated to responding to community needs, and this effort ensures that our students are best prepared to serve local industry."
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