Baker College and Industrial Arts Institute partner on welding degree
Cadillac, MI
09/02/2016 10:12 AM

CADILLAC, Mich. – Baker College’s Cadillac campus and the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI), in Onaway, have signed an articulation agreement that makes it possible for IAI comprehensive industrial welding program graduates to apply credits toward completion of an associate degree from Baker College.

Completion of IAI’s intensive 15-week welding program will fulfill 44 of the 98 credit hours required for Baker College’s Associate of Applied Science in welding. Students who apply to the Baker College program will be able to complete the degree in one year.

“What IAI has accomplished in two short years to address the urgent need for welders nationwide is amazing,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president. “We reviewed their curriculum, their state-of-the-art facilities in Onaway, and their track record placing graduates, and were very impressed with everything.”

In the two years since opening, IAI has graduated more than 80 students through the program. Welding is one of several comprehensive IAI trade programs that prepare students for successful and rewarding careers in industry.

“Most employers will agree that it takes more than talent to excel in the workplace,” said Georgia Abbott, IAI education and business development director.  “IAI programs provide students with the support, knowledge and hands-on application to become qualified and employable in the various trade disciplines. But until now there has been no pathway to a college degree with an accredited program like the one at Baker College. We hope that some of our graduates will consider earning this valued higher education credential to further their careers.” 

The articulation agreement makes it possible for IAI graduates to take general education courses through Baker College Online or at the Cadillac campus, where housing is available. To complete the degree in a year, they will need to be on campus for only one 10-week quarter – spring 2017, which begins in April – to complete several welding practicums.

“The program includes all the general education requirements of any associate degree program, such as English composition, human relations, speech, algebra and others,” said Smith. “Students will also have an opportunity to complete an internship, which can be at their current place of employment.”

In addition to welding, IAI offers construction technology, machining, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) programs. The Institute has risen to national acclaim in a short time for its mission of “developing individual assets with time-honored training to connect talent with industry.”

For more information about the welding associate degree, contact Cheri Sprik in the admissions office at 231.876.3119 or cheri.sprik@baker.edu, or visit www.baker.edu.

For more information about IAI welding programs, call 989.733.4369 or visit iaiworks.com.

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

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