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Supply and Demand

Baker College working to meet employer needs

For more than 100 years, Baker College has been relentlessly focused on training and educating people for jobs. Real training. Real jobs.

One of the not-for-profit college’s strengths has been its focus on providing training in fields relevant to industry’s current needs. New programs launching 2015 fall quarter at Baker College’s three Detroit-area campuses are examples of how Michigan’s largest private college supports employers’ workforce needs.

Baker College of Allen Park will add five programs: three in manufacturing and one each in health sciences and computer information systems.

“Bringing these programs to the Detroit area is the result of thorough needs analyses that included discussions with employers,” said Kristine L. Barann, CPA, Baker College of Allen Park president. “Our research identified workforce skills that are not found in the marketplace. They are for jobs that are going unfilled. These are 21st century jobs that have been created or affected by advances in technology.”

The three manufacturing programs are associate degrees in advanced manufacturing technology and mechanical technology, and a certificate in CNC machinist. Barann said that training for manufacturing jobs is critical as industry in Michigan relies increasingly on advanced design software and programming skills that were unknown to past generations.

The other new programs are the hemodialysis patient care technician associate degree and the cyber defense bachelor’s degree.

Baker College of Auburn Hills will add two new welding programs – an associate degree and a certificate – this fall in response to area workforce demand. Classes will be held in Pontiac.

Baker College Quote“Employers are telling us they can’t fill current available welding positions and that there will be an increasing demand for trained welding specialists in the future,” said Peter W. Karsten, Ph.D., CPA, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. “Our curriculum provides training in basic welding skills, which can be used across industries, so graduates have a wide range of opportunities in a variety of industries, and can easily shift from one type of work to another.”

Baker College of Clinton Township will add the dental hygiene associate program to its fall roster and created a 32,600-square-feet Center for Dental Hygiene Education to support the new program. It will be taught by practicing professionals.

Enrollment is limited to 36 students for each cohort. As a career college, Baker College gauges area employment needs and determines class sizes to meet those needs. This helps ensure that Baker College graduates are in demand by local employers.

Though all of these programs are new to their respective campuses, they are not new to the Baker College System. They are among the 100-plus successful programs already offered by one or more of Baker’s 12 on-ground campuses throughout the state and online.

“The established curriculum will provide superior training,” said Patricia A. Kaufman, Ed.D., Clinton Township president. “We always have been—and always will be—a career college interested in offering the highest level of training and education possible to our students. Their success and employability is our primary purpose.”