Baker College's Cadillac campus is now accepting applications for free mechatronics training
Baker College’s Cadillac campus is accepting applications for the second cohort of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Mechatronics Program that begins Monday, Oct. 24.
The MAT2 program is a
competitive opportunity for students to earn an associate degree in
mechatronics at no cost to them. Tuition is paid by sponsoring manufacturers
that provide employment for the students while attending college and upon
“This is an incredible opportunity for anyone who loves to work with their hands and is mechanically inclined,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president. “MAT2 offers a free, high-tech education that results in a job with a great future.”
Training will take place at one of several
northern Michigan manufacturers, including in Petoskey and Boyne City. Students
navigate the program as a tight-knit unit, attending college and working at the
sponsoring companies in recurring eight-week intervals. Students can live in
Baker College housing in Cadillac during school sessions. Each selected
participant is ensured a steady income throughout the program: a weekly stipend
to assist with personal expenses while attending classes and, when working, an
hourly wage that increases annually when the student has met program
Students interested in applying for
the 2016 cohort must meet certain academic qualifications, including being high
school graduates at the start of the program and providing their ACT scores or
taking the Compass exam. Once approved for the program, applicants are interviewed
by the sponsoring companies for final selection. Applications are being
accepted through Friday, Oct. 7.
The word mechatronics stems from the
combination of the words mechanical and electronics. The mechatronics associate
degree focuses on the electrical, mechanical and electronic skills used to
identify, analyze and solve manufacturing problems. A mechatronics technician
supports engineers by maintaining manufacturing machines and related equipment,
including repairing, testing and making minor modifications to them.
For more information about mechatronics
and MAT2, contact Joshua Fenner at 231.876.3032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.baker.edu.
The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. Baker College has on-ground campuses in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.