Monroe County Community College has partnered with the Monroe County Intermediate School District to offer a new dual-credit, two-semester Precision Machining Technology Program through which high school students can earn both high school career technology education credit and 12 college credits.
The program will begin in the fall of 2023.
The program will cover precision instruments and measurement, equipment setups and operations of machining processes. Lab projects and activities will provide students the opportunity to apply and build upon many skills learned.
The Precision Machining Technology Program is open to all students in the county who will be high school seniors this year. Juniors may be eligible but would require special permission. There is a 2.0 grade point average requirement, and students will need a teacher letter of recommendation.
High school counselors will register the students through MCISD for this linked CTE program that will be delivered entirely at MCCC and taught by a college instructor.
"Students who complete the program will be able to enter the workforce directly or continue to more advanced work at the college," said Denise Teague, director of career and technical education at MCISD.
A Precision Machining Technology Program Parent/Student Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 19 from 3-7 p.m. in MCCC's Career Technology Center (Building T), Room 175 for those who wish to meet the instructor, Troy Elliott, assistant professor of manufacturing technology at MCCC, tour the lab and ask questions. Attending the open house is not a requirement to register for the program.
The precision machining industry is a diverse, high-tech, and fast-paced industry made possible by highly skilled individuals and machinery. The program is geared toward students who are mechanically inclined, like to work with their hands, and enjoy troubleshooting and problem-solving, Teague said.
Courses will run Monday-Thursday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at MCCC. Friday coursework will be completed via online modules.
Students need transportation, and snow days will be honored by home district.
According to Teague, students will get the opportunity to use computers to design parts; program and operate high-tech, computer-controlled manufacturing equipment; discover how all kinds of things are made (from design to production); explore careers in advanced manufacturing; learn engineering principles, and design software.
They can also obtain FANUC America’s CNC Basic Operation, Programming and Setup industry credentials. FANUC America Corporation, is the leading supplier of robots, Computer Numerical Control systems and factory automation.
For more information, contact Teague at (734) 322-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Elliott at (734) 384-4114 or email@example.com.
About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.
The college’s mission is to lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.