Mid Michigan Community College’s first series of rapid training programs concluded this June, with 22 students completing the programs. Twelve students finished the welding program, and another ten completed the CNC Programming training.
These short-term, intensive training programs have been developed in conjunction with area manufacturers to offer skill-specific training that provides program completers with the basic skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform in entry-level positions.
These training programs are highly hands-on. Each of them also involved “reverse job shadowing,” in which local manufacturers came to observe the students while they were working in labs. All students were offered applications for employment and internship opportunities by the visiting company representatives.
Through these connections, nearly half of the participants have already received or accepted job offers, and most others are interviewing for local positions.
MMCC will offer a second round of Rapid Response trainings starting in August. A Manufacturing/Plastics program will be offered in addition to the Welding and CNC Programming trainings.
The Welding and Manufacturing/Plastics programs offer 120 total hours of training, running 20 hours a week for six weeks. The CNC program includes 160 hours of training and will involve 30 hours of training a week for six weeks.
Costs for the trainings range from $1,500-$1,700. Through Michigan Works!, funding is available to offset costs. Interested individuals can contact a local Michigan Works! office or MMCC to learn more about the cost assistance options.
For more information about the programs, including a full sequence of the modules that will be covered and the training schedules, visit midmich.edu/rapidresponse or call (989) 386-6614.