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Plastics students receive scholarships

Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) Plastics Engineering Technology students were recently awarded scholarships from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

Morgan Arnold of Gladwin was awarded the 2016 Delta Polymers Achievement Award which will provide her with $2,500 to continue her Material Science studies at Saginaw Valley State University. Arnold graduated from MMCC in May with an Associate Degree in Plastics Engineering Technology.

“I crossed Mid Michigan Community College’s stage receiving, not only my very first college degree, but the first college degree ever received in my family,” explained Arnold in SPE’s Trends and Topics publication. “Mid is where I developed a passion for the industry, cultivated a strong network of connections, and developed a deep understanding of plastics. These are the products of my investment in my education and in myself, and I’m certain they will help me achieve my goals.”

MMCC student Kaitlyn Money of Gladwin also received recognition and was awarded a Product, Design & Engineering scholarship in the amount of $1,500.

In developing the Plastics Engineering Technology Program, which launched in 2014, MMCC collaborated with local industry employers to ensure that the program provides relevant, hands-on training in the latest technologies. Because the plastics industry offers career opportunities at varying levels, the program similarly offers a laddered series of credentials that provide training for entry-level through mid-level positions in manufacturing environments.

“These students are only with me for a few years, but the impact they have on me as a teacher lasts a lifetime,” stated Steven Fosgard, MMCC Plastics Engineering Technology faculty. “I have no doubts that we will be impressed by the contributions that they will make to the industry and to our communities. And, that’s honestly the best that I can hope for as a teacher.”

This past fall, plastics technology students volunteered at the Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival to represent the Society of Plastic Engineers. MMCC was one of 46 organizations that presented the more than 150 featured demonstrations. Contributing to events like this one allows students to engage beyond the classroom and share their passion for plastics with others.

For more information about MMCC’s Plastics Engineering Technology Program, visit midmich.edu or contact Fosgard at sfosgard@midmich.edu or (989) 386-6622, extension 620.

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