After high school I went to MCC-- got my general education associates. Then I went to Grand Valley for two years, found out that it wasn't for me. So I actually did do the four year degree thing. I realized I wanted to come back and pursue computer aided design at Muskegon Community College. And that put me where I am today was probably the best decision I've ever made in my life.
I've been around the tech center for a few years, I love how you're able to get your hands on it. Like I said, it makes you prepared to actually do it at your job, because you're not just studying out of a book, you've already done it before. It gives you the opportunity to kind of move at your own pace and be your own teacher with guidelines and instruction from the instructor.
They come right out here to MCC and get that skill to take and better themselves, get a higher paying job. And it's just a kind of a snowball effect is what it is.
With applied technology, what you have are classes that get your hands dirty, by the end of a class time, you'll have something that you thought in your head, it would be in front of you.
Having all of the teachers here not having to travel between 60 different buildings, I just feel like all the resources are right here. We can see a part from raw materials-- all the way to finished goods, all in the same building, it's very exciting to have that here.
So the classes that I'm taking, they directly affect what I do at work. A lot of times we have fabrication jobs, so we have to go out to do some welding or put something together, and we troubleshoot pneumatics and hydraulics.
I've taken other classes here at the tech center before. And it's a very, very professional state of the art facility. They have a lot of really good things for instruments, machines, everything for learning, and teaching.
Students in this program, I get the opportunity to learn how to write programming that this machine understands. So they're using CAD CAM software to draw things up. And then at that point, they can put those programs into the machine, set the machines up, and and then hit cycle start and the machine is able to make that product.
So at this point, the program is going to help me because right now I'm just running the machine. And when I get done with the program, I will know how to program the machine. And I won't be the one put the parts in there, just running it I'll be the one fixing it when it breaks down and knowing how to program it. So I'll play a bigger role with the degree or the associate's degree that I get from your program.
Currently, I am studying manufacturing engineering here at Muskegon Community College. I chose manufacturing straight out of high school because it drives innovation, provides for the economy, and allows for personal growth.
So I'm a college student at MCC doing an internship with Eagle alloy. So that gives me a chance to have some real work experience before I head off to a four year university or go off into a real job. This gives me more of an opportunity to see if manufacturing is what I like and what I like to do.
Many manufacturers now help you pay for your college experience, because they're receiving the benefit for that. So stepping into a job and moving forward is available for everybody.
Hearing that Chertow I think pays of 80% of college at MCC that could definitely bring me up the career ladder, and get my experience higher than it is now. And I can be at a younger age when I get there.
My future job, well, I'm able to have my hands on the material right now. And I think that that's very helpful because when you get out into the field, it's the exact same thing. So your muscle memory is already prepared to do what you have to do.
It's nice that MCC allows me to have family time at home when I need it. But then they still have classes that fit around the schedule that I have and still achieve the education that I'm looking for-- Along with advancing in my career.
The work is there and I find it exciting work and it's always something that you design-- something that you build. It is really a hot job market out there for technology. You will have the little bit of edge over other people in that you have skills that are in demand.
If you are looking to enter into manufacturing, please make sure to reach out to our local manufacturers and community college as they have the opportunity to get you into those facilities, and make those connections so you understand what careers are available as you continue to make your choice.
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