FLINT — Mott Community College’s Livingston Center is ramping up in four high-demand skilled trade areas: Welding, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and Mechatronics.
The Center has purchased new equipment through the Michigan Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP) giving students access to the equipment and enabling them to train for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations. “The equipment we were able to purchase with CCSTEP funds enables us to continue to offer the best training in high-demand 21st Century skilled trades jobs,” said Doris Stromer, site manager for the Livingston Center. “We work closely with the Livingston Workforce Development to provide the type of trainings that make our students sought after by employers.” Gerald A. Smith knows first-hand the benefit of training courses offered by the MCC Livingston Center. He earned a certificate for CNC Operators/ Programmers. His certification, coupled with 19 years of CNC work experience, resulted in Smith receiving multiple job offers upon completing his training course. He now works for Classic Precision and trains entry level employees in addition to his regular duties. “Earning the certification helped keep my skills active during my job search,” said Smith, “all the prospective employers were excited to hear about my Livingston Center training, and I’m sure I was interviewed because of it.” Twenty-first Century skilled-trade jobs typically require education beyond high school, along with on-the-job training, but not necessarily a four-year degree. The career range includes jobs in health care (lab technicians, dental hygienists, nursing, respiratory therapy), maintenance and repair, public safety, manufacturing (Computer Aided Drafting and Design, CNC machine operators, welders), along with work as carpenters, plumbers and electricians. Collectively, these jobs represent about one-third of the state’s employment base. The roll out of new equipment at the Livingston Center will occur in three phases.