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Workforce Development (WD) Update - Great News!

Thursday, September 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Lessway

Last week’s WD meeting at Oakland Community College (OCC) in Auburn Hills was well attended by MBIA staff, MBIA members, Educational Institutions, and WD partners from Michigan Works, and Macomb and Oakland Counties. The meeting concluded with two exciting announcements! Both Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College (MCC) plan to move forward with marine service tech education programs in partnership with MBIA – beginning in January. We have asked ABYC about marine engines which may be available to these institutions, along with their ability to provide a certification for the introductory course. “MBIA’s Board of Directors confirmed the commitment to purchasing the ABYC curriculum for each school willing to teach it ($5,000 value) and sponsor the $500 per year maintenance updates,” said MBIA’s Director of Marketing Amanda Wendecker. “We are excited to add these two fine institutions as partners.”  MBIA began  workforce development approximately 3 years ago and the perseverance is now paying off.  In addition to the partnerships with OCC and MCC, MBIA assisted the Great Lakes Boat Building School in achieving a grant through the state’s Marshall Plan and this Marine Systems program will begin in fall 2020.


OCC and MCC will be looking for help from our industry to promote the program to potential candidates. They will also need employers to volunteer their technicians and locations for small groups to facilitate hands-on learning. Timing will allow for this to occur during slower months - January, February. If you can help, please contact Amanda Wendecker ASAP so we can show OCC and MCC our industry’s willingness to participate in this important initiative.

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