Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) has received a three-year grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) for over $700,000 to support the creation of a Plastics Technology program on its Harrison Campus.
The new grant will provide for training in the plastics industry through a laddered approach. College students will be able to pursue non-credit training, academic certificates, or an associate’s degree that will seamlessly integrate with Ferris State University’s bachelor’s in Plastics Engineering Technology program.
In order to educate K-12 students about high-tech and in-demand careers, manufacturing career awareness opportunities will be provided to them, their educators, and their parents through fieldtrips, job shadowing, and other experiences.
The plastics program at MMCC represents a collaborative partnership between the college, the Clare-Gladwin Regional Educational Service District (CGRESD), and Ferris State University (FSU). Funding through the grant will support the creation of program curriculum, the purchase of new equipment for hands-on training prep, as well as a program director.
“The plastics industry is stable and growing, and our local manufacturers are key to economic vitality in this region,” notes Scott Govitz, Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development. “This grant is aimed at supporting these manufacturers and putting people to work in the plastics sector. We’re very excited about the possibilities it holds.”
“MMCC has always remained flexible and adaptable so that it could meet the needs of area industry and employers,” Govitz said. “Our new structure brings all of the college’s technical offerings under one umbrella that offers students and employers one place to get the training they need.”