By Craig Manning | May 21, 2022
Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is taking another step to address the growing shortage of construction trades professionals in Northern Michigan. On Friday, the college announced a new articulation agreement with the Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund. This organization offers a variety of apprenticeship programs at five Michigan training centers, including for carpenters, millwrights and floor layers. These programs aim to help those interested in these career paths “develop the skills needed to succeed, find better-paying jobs, and be the best in the industry.”
In its announcement of the new articulation agreement, NMC referred to the boom in career opportunities “for carpenters and other skilled workers”. The Articulation Agreement – which is essentially an agreement for the two entities to work together toward a common goal – is expected to improve training opportunities for NMC students pursuing careers in the skilled trades.
NMC will sign the articulation agreement next Wednesday in the Aero Park Labs building on its Aero Park campus. The signing will take place in conjunction with the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship Association conference taking place in Traverse City next week, May 24-26. As part of the conference, attendees will tour the Aero Park Labs building, which houses NMC’s programs in Construction Technology, Welding Technology, HVAC-R Technology, and Renewable Energy Technology. NMC will sign the agreement during this session.
According to NMC’s press release about the agreement, the signing “aims to show how industry and education are working together to encourage people to enter the skilled trades, as well as providing apprenticeship opportunities. advanced so that journeypersons in skilled trades can advance to leadership positions”.