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Downriver High School Students Benefit from Mechatronics Pre-Apprenticeship Experience

The term “mechatronics” originated in the early 1970s, representing occupations combining “mechanics” and “electronics.” Though more than four decades since its first appearance, the evolutionary nature of “mechatronics” makes the concept anything but antiquated. Just as technology has...

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A time-tested model contributes to innovative thinking and making

Not only is apprenticeship a time-tested model for cultivating and developing talent, apprenticeship is also an avenue for innovation allowing employers to maintain a competitive edge on national and international stages. Though many employers use an apprenticeship model...

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MEATA’s “Apprenticeship 2020: Focus On The Future” conference to take place May 22-25

The Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association (MEATA) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing a forum for the professional development of Secondary and Post-Secondary Educators and other individuals involved in providing apprenticeship-related technical instruction and work-based education. Each year,...

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Lansing health care systems create talent through apprenticeship

Much like the rest of the state, and in fact the country, Lansing-area health systems are starved for talent as they try to fill the growing number of job openings in a number of health care occupations. One...

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Training 5 million workers for in-demand jobs in 5 years

Millions of apprentices have been trained over the past 75 years through the U.S. Department of Labor, but 2017 saw an invigorated call to action. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff challenged the nation to create 5 million apprenticeships in...

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Apprenticeships can help alleviate shortages of medical assistants in health care industry

As noted in Gov. Rick Snyder's ambitious Marshall Plan for Talent, Michigan will see a wave of job openings in the coming years — 811,055 through 2024, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and the...

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Schools would be able to hire tradespeople without degrees as teachers, if bill passes

In Rep. Ben Frederick’s rural district west of Flint, constituents have learned to schedule construction projects a year in advance. The reason? The demand for construction workers outweighs the supply. And it’s due to a shortage of skilled...

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Earn-and-learn training programs offer students pathways to debt-free education

We live in a post-vocational education world. The problem? That same world still needs skilled trades workers. In fact, in a 2015 report on employment and occupations in skilled trades released by the state of Michigan, researchers estimate that...

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It’s not a secret: good jobs are available in Michigan; closing the talent gap is key to filling them

No one should give up on finding a good job in Michigan. There is too much opportunity here. The challenge we face is making people aware of the jobs that are in demand, and point them to the...

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After successful pilot, Apprenti expands tech training program

Those of us who keep tabs on the tech world hear a lot about the challenges of hiring and retaining IT talent. According to a forecast by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1.3 million new computer...

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