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Baker College of Cadillac CNC Program Off to Successful Start; Enrolling for FallJuly 16, 2014
Evening classes held at Charlevoix Middle/High School
CADILLAC, Mich. – Baker College of Cadillac’s manufacturing program offered during the evenings at Charlevoix Middle/High School (CMS/HS) is entering its second year with good results.
“The students have had an incredibly collaborative experience in a program supported by many of the manufacturers throughout the region,” said Mark Lagerwey, dean of business and technology for Baker College of Cadillac.
“We worked extensively with CMS/HS and local industries to ensure the program is successful for all involved. This includes helping to meet the strong demand in northern Michigan for trained CNC machinists, thus providing our graduates excellent job prospects. Add in the tireless leadership and attention to detail of Baker’s advanced manufacturing technology coordinator, David Dewey, and it’s apparent why the program has had such a successful start.”
Dewey, a native of Northern Michigan and graduate of Lake Superior State University, has more than 10 years of manufacturing experience as an engineer performing product design, testing and certification.
Baker College is now enrolling students for the second cohort, beginning 2014 fall quarter. The program offers a computer numerical control (CNC) operator certificate and an advanced manufacturing associate degree. Classes start Monday, Sept. 29, and registration continues through the first week of classes. It is open to adults as well as high school juniors and seniors through a dual-enrollment program.
The program is designed for those already employed and those looking to advance their careers, as well as those interested in beginning a career in manufacturing. It is also offered at Baker’s Cadillac campus.
Program enhances work performance, leads to jobs
Said Dewey, “I’ve seen a lot of sharing of knowledge between students who work in manufacturing and those who don’t, which greatly increases the information that the students can access.”
Dewey said that the classroom creates a safe place for students to ask questions, discuss techniques and share different perspectives. About three-fourths of the students who began the program were already working full time in manufacturing. For some, it is a requirement for their employment.
Ellsworth, Mich., resident Luke Springstead was one of the students who was not already employed by a manufacturing company upon enrollment. At Dewey’s urging and with his recommendation, Springstead now works as an entry-level machinist at Michigan Scientific Corporation, which produces instrumentation slip ring assemblies.
Springstead is one of many in his cohort of 14 students who will continue to attend classes after completion of his CNC certificate program to earn an associate degree in advanced manufacturing.
“Our teachers truly want us to succeed,” said Springstead. “We look forward to going to class. We’ve learned how to operate a mill and a lathe. I didn’t expect to have this kind of hands-on experience so early in my education. It’s been amazing.”
The Traverse City Central High School graduate had worked as a deckhand on a Lake Michigan car ferry before deciding to enroll in the Charlevoix program.
“My grandfather was a machinist at the Buick plant in Flint for more than 35 years,” said Springstead. “I remembered his stories about how much he enjoyed his job, and they eventually sparked my interest.”
For more information about the advanced manufacturing program in Charlevoix, contact David Dewey, advanced manufacturing technology coordinator for Baker College, at 231.330.8946 or Audrey Charmoli in the Baker College admissions office at 231.876.3100 or Audrey.Charmoli@baker.edu. Financial assistance is available to students, including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and work-study programs.return
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