Schoolcraft College’s Technology & Engineering Career Pathways Open House April 22

Published Apr 13, 2017

One of Many Events that Helps Students Understand Variety of Unique Career Options

manufacturing and technology professor and high school studentSchoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich. will hold a Technology & Engineering Career Pathways Open House on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help middle-and high-school students understand the expanding job market within the manufacturing area.

The Open House, which will be held at the college’s Applied Science Building, will provide students an opportunity to visit with representatives from area businesses and tour Schoolcraft College’s various manufacturing and technology labs for Mechatronics and April 22 Manufacturing, Plastics Technology, Metallurgy, Welding, CAD and Electronics programs.

Last fall, Schoolcraft College hosted its annual Manufacturing Day event that saw more than 500 middle school students take a tour of the college’s Manufacturing and Technology labs and the newly established Mechatronics Lab and view displays from local manufacturing companies.  The middle-school students also received hands-on demonstrations facilitated by faculty members in 3D Printing, Manufacturing, Metallurgy, Plastics and Welding.

“Technology today is very different than the manufacturing plants that some of us may remember from the 70s and 80s, as computer-controlled automation and robotics has taken over the industry,” said Robert Leadley, dean of Occupational Programs and Economic Development at Schoolcraft College. “However, most students do not have exposure to the new technology used in today’s manufacturing world.  Our goal is to open our labs and provide opportunities for students and their parents to learn about the advancements and career possibilities in these areas and excite students to pursue academic work in STEM-related fields.” 

 Another annual event on the Schoolcraft College campus, Mind Trekkers, is a science and engineering festival held on campus each fall in conjunction with Michigan Tech University to provide demonstrations and activities for K-12 students to help spark interest and excitement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Schoolcraft College’s popular summer Kids-on-Campus program also provides a chance for future college students to explore the wonders of STEM in a fun learning atmosphere.  Sessions on topics like Machine Adventures, Rev Up a Robot,  Robotics for Teen and Welding Techniques provide students the opportunity to experience science and technology first hand.  

With a variety of associate degree and certificates available in 13 manufacturing and technology areas, these community-focused events at Schoolcraft College help middle- and high-school students consider different and unique career choices.

For more information about Schoolcraft College’s Technology & Engineering Career Pathways Open House or any of its Manufacturing and Technology programs, call the Occupational Programs Department at (734) 462-4685.  

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