Careers & Opportunities
The Manufacturing Industry
“Manufacturing is an essential component of gross domestic product, which was $2.33 trillion in 2018, and drove 11.3% of U.S. economic output, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Manufactured goods comprise half of U.S. exports. Manufacturing adds a lot of value to the power of the U.S. economy. Every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $2.74 to the economy, including retailing, transportation, and business services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States has 12.69 million manufacturing jobs, which employs 7.9% of the workforce as of 2018.4 Yet, 89% of manufacturers are leaving jobs unfilled because they can’t find qualified applicants, according to a 2018 Deloitte report. The skills gap could leave 2.4 million vacant between 2018 and 2028. That could cost the industry $454 billion in 2028.”
Morey Technical Education Center
The new Morey Technical Education Center will provide area residents hands-on, technical skill training, as well as training in areas like teamwork, safety, lean manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and quality improvement. Mid Michigan College will increase the skilled pool of workers from which area employers can draw and increase the options for area students seeking good-paying, high-demand jobs.
Mid Michigan College
There’s not a one-size-fits-all plan for college, because students don’t have one-size-fits-all lives and goals. We understand that you need options. Our transfer programs, associates degrees, training credentials, and online offerings ensure that Mid Michigan College provides a number of possibilities for how you achieve the education you want.
You have choices. Take a few college courses to hone a skill or pursue an interest, gain a full associates degree or certificate, or earn credits that you can transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Mid Michigan College offers a number of online classes, so you can complete a degree fully online, or you can combine coursework in Mt. Pleasant and Harrison with online options.
The Merrill Institute is a world-class manufacturing centric training and education organization in Alma, Michigan, established in 2011. We have the experience and agility to design and develop curriculums that support current and future industry needs. We provide students the foundation for a successful career, with real-world, experiential, project-focused training utilizing state-of-the-art machines and equipment to develop the competencies and proficiency required of employers.
The Merrill Institute prepares students who wish to enter the manufacturing industry with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet current industry demands. Our instructors are some of the most talented professionals in the industry who provide real-world application, expertise, and promote a safe work environment.
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