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Geothermal Program Opens at MMCC in Winter 2013

HARRISON — Mid Michigan Community College continues to serve area employment needs and area students through expanded training programs in emerging fields. In an effort to provide the most meaningful training for rapid and successful job placement, the college is listening to area employers and responding to their staffing needs by implementing new technical and trade programs that specifically meet those needs.

The two newest examples of this responsiveness are the college’s upcoming Plastics program, still in the early development stages, and its Geothermal Technology program, which will begin holding classes in January 2013. Registration for the Geothermal program will open on Nov. 12.

The Geothermal Technology 19-credit advanced credential is open to HRA trade professionals, those holding HRA certificates or degrees, or individuals with a high-level working knowledge of the heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning field.

Students entering the program will engage in hands-on learning on the college’s two newly installed and fully functioning geothermal fields, a horizontal and a slinky system.

Currently, only eight community colleges in Michigan have associates programs in HRA, and none of them offer additional geothermal certifications. In fact, MMCC is one of the first two-year colleges in the country to include this sort of training.

“MMCC is constantly trying to assess where industry growth and employment opportunities lie,” said Scott Govitz, Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development, “and we want to respond to those opportunities so that we provide our students the best chances to find meaningful local employment. We’re really excited about the new geothermal credentialing program, because it is an example of the college making that mission a reality.”

To learn more about the new Geothermal Technology program at MMCC, contact MMCC’s Technical Center at (989) 386-6614.

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