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Plastics program opens at MMCC in Fall 2014

Mid Michigan Community College will launch courses in its Plastics Engineering Technology Program in Fall 2014 on its Harrison campus. Students can register now for entry into this newly developed program.

Curriculum and lab spaces for the Plastics Program have been in development since July 2012, when MMCC received a three-year grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) for more than $700,000.

Direct assessments of area employment opportunities in the plastics field prompted the college to procure such funding in order to meet local workforce demands.

The program’s conception and development represent collaborative partnerships between MMCC, the Clare-Gladwin Regional Educational Service District (CGRESD), local manufacturers, and Ferris State University (FSU).

Credential offerings in plastics include non-credit training, academic certificates, and an associates degree that will seamlessly integrate with Ferris State University’s bachelor’s degree in its Plastics Engineering Technology Program.

“The plastics industry is stable and growing, and our local manufacturers are key to economic vitality in this region,” noted Scott Govitz, executive director of Workforce and Economic Development. “This new program supports these manufacturers and will help local people gain meaningful employment in the plastics sector. A lot of work has already gone into developing MMCC’s program, and we’re excited to finally welcome students into it.”

Govitz said the grant serves as a powerful example of the importance of proactive and collaborative efforts to provide local opportunities that make significant local impacts. MMCC is enthusiastic about working with FSU and the CGRESD to increase the impact of the plastics program in both scope and reach.

To learn more about the Plastics Engineering Technology Program at MMCC, or to find out how to enroll in fall classes, call (989) 386-6614 or visit www.midmich.edu/plastics. Enrollment in this program is limited.

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