Baker College Sets Charlevoix Open House Dec. 11 To Launch Needed Manufacturing Training

December 05, 2013

Local classes begin January

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. – Baker College of Cadillac will host a free open house for prospective students to learn about Baker’s computer numerical control (CNC) and advanced manufacturing career programs and related job opportunities.

The open house is set for 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at ACAT Global, 5339 M-66, North Charlevoix. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 13, and will be held at Charlevoix High School.

At the open house, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • See CNC and advanced manufacturing technology in a real work environment (ACAT Global recently started production of lightweight catalytic converters and connecting rods.)
  • Meet instructor David Dewey
  • Review program curriculum and textbooks
  • Meet admissions representatives and learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that determines financial aid eligibility
  • Schedule a tour of the state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technology and robotics lab at Charlevoix High School

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 and ACAT Global have partnered with Charlevoix Public Schools and Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to help meet urgent training needs for a new generation of workers with expertise in advanced manufacturing technology.

“Manufacturing in America and in Michigan relies increasingly upon advanced design software and programming skills that were unknown to past generations of machinists,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president. “The shortage of skilled CNC machinists in Northern Michigan is a concern of many, including our partners and the many Northern Michigan manufacturers who are helping recruit area job seekers for this unique school-to-work program.”

These manufacturing programs include certificate and associate degree options.

The CNC operator certificate program provides essential CNC knowledge and experience needed to operate today’s technologically advanced manufacturing lathes, turning centers, mills, routers and other machines. It requires 37 college credits that can be completed in three 10-week quarters, including a 120-hour internship.
CNC operators utilize machine tools to perform cutting, drilling, shaping and finishing products or component parts. On a larger scale, these skills can be applied to building roller coasters, jets, drones and cars, for example.

For an advanced manufacturing technology associate degree, students continue to take classes for an addtional year. They focus on advanced software training in Mastercam, AutoCAD and SolidWorks in order to design new products and write CNC programs to manufacture them.

For more information about the open house and about the new advanced manufacturing and CNC programs, contact the Baker College of Cadillac admissions office at 231.876.3119 or

The Baker College System