Henry Ford College (HFC) and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) helped celebrate and recognize the significant contributions made by program partners, students and families in support of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) program Aug. 25.
A number of students and corporate partners attended the MAT² Opening Ceremony in the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC) on HFC’s main campus.
This is the second year that HFC has participated in this initiative. This effort, which is coordinated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, combines paid-work experience with three years of classroom instruction in the fields of mechatronics, information technology and technical product design. Corporate sponsors pay tuition and wages for students participating in the program. Some of the many participating corporate sponsors include Brose North America, Heller Machine Tool, ZF Group, FTE Automotive, Volkswagen of America, Kostal Group, EMAG, Durr, Jenoptik, Kern, Link Engineering, Weil Engineering, Orbitak, Secure 24, BorgWarner Auburn Hills, Pontiac Coil, Magna and American Axle.
The MAT² program is based on the German Dual Education System and combines business and education to create technology jobs, as well as provide an innovative, efficient way to develop qualified workers. MAT² combines state-of-the-art training facilities with actual work sites to give students a skills-based education. Students alternate between the classroom and the workplace, gaining marketable skills and valuable knowledge.
Mechatronics technicians provide support to mechanical engineers, modify machines, make minor changes and provide maintenance for related equipment in advanced manufacturing companies.
The MAT² program provides the following:
· A three-year training program with all costs paid by an employer;
· An associate’s degree in a high-tech, in-demand field;
· On-the-job training with pay; and
· Guaranteed employment upon successful completion (the student must commit to remaining on the job for at least two years after the training period ends).
“The MAT² program at HFC plays an essential role in helping employers fill their needs for skilled technicians,” said HFC President Dr. Stan Jensen. “We are absolutely thrilled to continue our role in this effort and look forward to helping greater numbers of students achieve success through this ground-breaking opportunity,” he added.
Mike Gidley, executive vice president of Pontiac Coil in Clarkston, Mich., agreed with Dr. Jensen, and applauded students for undertaking such a rigorous program with energy, passion and intelligence.
“This program fills an important need in our industry,” he said. “As a business owner, I struggle each day to hire people with the skills and experiences you receive in this program. These are marketable skills that many companies and organizations have not been able to fill within their organizations. You should be proud of what you are accomplishing through this program,” he added.
To learn more about the MAT², please visit http://www.mitalent.org/mat2/.
Cut Line: Corporate partners and students who received recognition Aug. 25 at Henry Ford College during the MAT² recognition celebration.
Source: Henry Ford Community College
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