Putting Our Foot on the Accelerator: Touring skilled trades at Mott Community College

By Lindsay Baywol

June 6, 2016

Michigan is working to close the talent gap by preparing residents of all ages for the highly skilled, technical jobs of today and tomorrow.

Thanks to a $50 million grant awarded by the state of Michigan last year, 18 state community colleges — including Mott Community College — were able to purchase state-of-the art equipment to better prepare students for the workforce.

To see the grant program’s success, Governor Rick Snyder toured the automotive and CADD programs at Mott Community College earlier today. During the visit, he saw the newly purchased equipment, visited classrooms, and talked with the college’s students and staff.

“We want our children to be able to stay in Michigan and get good-paying jobs here in the state,” Snyder said. “This grant money will continue to help MCC and other community colleges support students and adults looking for new opportunities by teaching them the skills sought by companies looking to grow and expand in Michigan.”

MCC alone received more than $3 million through the program, allowing the college to purchase a welding simulator, mill, and turning center for the Workforce Development program; a 3D printer and laser cutter for the CADD program; a digital X-ray machine for its dental programs; a robot for Mechatronics; an alignment machine and lift for the Automotive program; and other state-of-the-art pieces of equipment that will continue to make the college a leader in its technical programs.

Moving forward, the Governor remains committed to building a highly-skilled, talented workforce.

“There are nearly 100,000 jobs available right now in the state, but employers are having trouble filling those jobs because they need individuals with a very technical skill set,” Snyder said. “Programs like the ones at Mott Community College will help students learn the skills needed to be successful in the future.”

Author Lindsay Baywol is a member of Governor Rick Snyder’s Executive Office internship program.