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Education Special Interest Group

Vision:  To support Central Michigan Industries by consistently and effectively informing and engaging our youth, their parents, and educators in promoting skilled trades career opportunities available in the Central Michigan region.

Meeting the first Wednesday of every month

at Winding Brook Conference Center, 8240 S Genuine Rd, Shepherd, MI

Dawn Thomas and Bill Henderson, Co-Chairs

Note:  There will be NO Education SIG meeting in December.  Have a great holiday!

Education SIG Activities

Current projects:

Rotating industry tours/open houses: Aircraft Precision and Anchor Danly provided tours for 62 Career Technical Education students on Manufacturing Day on October 7th.
Avalon/Tahoe will host a career night in January/February, J. Ranck Electric will once again hold a career event in March.

The G-I Tech Mt. Pleasant Campus will feature a career fair, with area manufacturers highlighting career opportunities, on May 10th.

Junior Achievement: Industry participation continues with this program, with Aircraft Precision and Merrill Institute providing programs at Alma Middle School.

CTE/Co-Op Job Placement: Ed Hubbel, principal of Clare High School, discussed the pilot rotating co-op program currently being run from his school. The SIG is working to implement a similar program RESD-wide in Gratiot and Isabella counties.

The Gratiot Isabella Technical Center hosted a Work-Based Learning workshop at Winding Brook Conference Center on October 28th.

MMCC Pre-Apprenticeship Program: Working with MMCC personnel to refine curriculum for a post high school/dual enrollment program that would serve as an entry point for a regional apprenticeship program. Implementation is targeted for fall of 2017.

Eighth Grade Orientation Career Fair: The SIG will identify and recruit manufacturers to attend local eighth grade orientation sessions, as a way of increasing the visibility of manufacturing to students and parents.

Educator industry tour: The RESD facilitated a tour of interested educators at Morbark, Integrity Fabrication, and Masonic Pathways on August 11, building on the success of the program last summer.

Future projects:

SME Educational Foundation: Brian Glowiak, V.P. of the SME Educational Foundation and Mike Johnston of the Michigan Manufacturing Association will present their program which facilitates relationships between manufacturers and educators, with the goal of promoting manufacturing as a career choice. The Education SIG is exploring aligning its ongoing initiatives to the SME template, to strengthen recognition of the programs.

Morey New Tech School: The SIG is working with the Morey Foundation in partnership with the Gratiot/Isabella RESD to determine the feasibility of a New Tech project based learning facility. As the planning process proceeds, the Education SIG will act in an advisory capacity for the school.

The CMMA Education Special Interest Group meets monthly, averaging 25 attendees, including representatives from manufacturing firms, Mid Michigan Community College, and CMU. District and RESD superintendents, together with economic development personnel round out the list.

Bill Henderson & Dawn Thomas
Co-Chairs, Education Special Interest Group

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