In January, the American Association of Community Colleges announced the selection of seven community colleges to study and share best practices for integrating advanced manufacturing credentials into their college curriculum, including Lansing Community College (LCC). Funding provided by General Motors will support the colleges’ efforts to expand and leverage local programs into national networks.
The seven colleges selected are located near GM facilities and will take part in an initial study that explores options that launch individuals into higher skills and higher wage opportunities. The Detroiter connected with LCC President Steve Robinson to discuss how LCC is preparing students for manufacturing careers.
How is LCC working with General Motors to prepare graduates?
By adopting a Cloud Computing Pathway, LCC continues developing strategies that consolidate skill-acquisition timing for indemand credentials through shorter-term certifications. This development is leading to a more focused certificate, in less time, while meeting industry demand for speed to credential. Recruitment efforts through events like Women in Trades and Technology and Men of Color in Trades and Technology are valuable in creating a more diverse work environment in the industry.
What’s the key to creating effective curriculum for rapidly changing industries?
Industry partnerships, equipment and faculty play a crucial role in creating an effective curriculum. Our partnerships in the industry ensure the curriculum is properly aligned with industry needs. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and provides students with the hands-on training necessary to apply their knowledge in the workforce.
Our faculty are highly skilled subject matter experts bringing current, real-world experience into the classroom establishing the connection between effective curriculum and industry demands.