For those looking to join the workforce or further their place in it, Mid Michigan College will be offering industry certifications beginning fall semester of 2018.
Industry certifications will be available in MMC’s automotive, HRA (Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning), and manufacturing technology (AIM) programs.
The move comes as part of the college’s larger goal to increase the amount of practical certifications offered for skilled trades students.
"We want to ensure that we’re setting students up to succeed. That means that they get a job in their field or they get a better job because of what we taught them," says Shawn Troy, MMC’s Dean of Workforce and Career Education.
"Employers are looking for candidates that have a proven record of success, and our students’ résumés will demonstrate that they have mastered the most important skills for their chosen career."
Three MMC faculty members traveled to Wisconsin, completing train-the-trainer certifications for Snap-On tools. The trio is now credentialed to teach almost 20 modules. The modules earn students certifications from Snap-on like micrometer measurement, ShopKey Pro Service and Repair, and slide caliper measurement.
The college purchased three industrial Snap-On tool carts with all of the equipment necessary for each industry certification.
It’s just the beginning for the college and its larger mission of increased certifications. MMC is in the process of joining the National Coalition of Certification Centers, which will allow the college to become a recognized certification center, sponsor more faculty trainers, and broaden the number of industry certifications that it provides.
"This effort reestablishes our commitment to both our students and to building a stronger local workforce. It demonstrates our investment in keeping pace with current and upcoming technologies and preparing students to be excellent employees," says Richard Hollister, MMC’s lead automotive faculty member.
"The college has always been dedicated to responding to community needs, and this venture ensures that our students are best prepared to serve local industry."
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