State Expands Manufacturing Tech Training Program

LANSING — Michigan employers are invited to take part in the Fall 2015 session of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training program, a state training initiative that combines classroom instruction with paid work experience in a three-year program in the fields of mechatronics, information technology, technical product design, and the newly added field of computer numerical control.

Launched in 2013 by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., The program has expanded to Baker College’s Cadillac and Charlevoix campuses, Delta College in Saginaw County, Lansing Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Mott Community College in Flint and North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, as well as original participants Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College.

To see the list of MAT² program areas offered by each of the participating colleges, visit

MAT² is currently seeking industry partners to participate in the four program areas of mechatronics, IT, technical product design and CNC.

Benefits of partnering with MAT² include:
• Training students on in-house equipment;
• Standardized competencies and practices;
• A pipeline of well-trained talent as an outcome;
• Bridging today’s skills gap and aging workforce.

Through the MAT² initiative, students will earn an associate’s degree from a participating college, while they earn a paycheck and gain on the job experience with a participating company. Tuition is paid for by the employer, and in exchange, the student commits to remaining on the job for at least two years after successful completion of the program.

Applicants interested in joining the Fall 2015 programs should apply by Feb. 15 to be included in the first round of interviews. Interested students can learn more about the program by participating in an informational webinar. Webinars are scheduled for Jan. 27, Feb. 12 and Feb. 25.

Informational webinars for interested employers are scheduled for Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11 and March 25.

Registration for all webinars is available at this link.

For more information on the MAT² program overall, visit

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