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Flint-area employers invited to learn about training program aimed at developing advanced manufacturing workers

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Flint-area employers are invited to attend an informational presentation to learn how the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) system can help them develop a skilled workforce with the necessary talents and training for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

“As Michigan’s economy continues to improve, more manufacturing companies are facing a shortage of skilled workers. The MAT² initiative is focused on meeting employer needs by developing a highly skilled, readily employable workforce,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “This presentation will give employers an opportunity to learn about a comprehensive, proven method for developing the workforce they need to succeed.”

Offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and participating community colleges, MAT² is an innovative training system that combines classroom instruction with paid work experience in a three-year, no-cost program in the field of mechatronics, information technology, and technical product design.

The informational presentation, taking place March 19 at Mott Community College in Flint, will include two sessions, both providing overviews of the MAT² system. The 8:30-10 a.m. session will provide details of the IT-Technician concentration; the 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. session will cover the Mechatronics and Technical Product Design area of study. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting the event. Food and beverages will be served at both sessions.

The presentation will be made by Dr. Thomas Baumann of Orbitak International, the consulting firm responsible for administering the MAT² system. The presentation is free and employers are invited to attend one or both sessions. Interested employers should contact Christie Carpenter, business development specialist at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, via email at ccarpenter@flintandgenesee.org or by calling 810-600-1459.

For more information, contact one of the following individuals:

Amy Cell
Senior VP of Talent Enhancement

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
Christie Carpenter
Business Development Specialist

Orbitak International
Dr. Thomas Baumann
MAT2 System Manager

The presentation is taking place at the Regional Technology Center-Room 1301 at Mott Community College, located at 1401 E. Court St. in Flint. For more information on the MAT² system, please visit http://www.mitalent.org/mat2/.

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