Parents, teens explore design, manufacturing, robotics and technology career possibilities at special evening event

Parents and teens grades six through 12 can learn about career opportunities in auto design, manufacturing, robotics and technology at Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Macomb Community College. This free event combines a panel presentation to give participants an insider’s look at career opportunities, hands-on exhibits and activities, along with a display of classic, current model and concept cars.

Recent graduates from Macomb Community College and area manufacturers will give an overview of the abundant opportunities available. Parents and students will be able to meet area employers and learn about the skills required for future careers. There will also be an opportunity to learn about apprenticeships, internships and work-based learning.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore interactive displays  in a variety of areas including auto design, robotics, clay modeling, electric and automated vehicles, production design, sketching and traffic light simulation and programming.  Companies who are exhibiting include American Axle, Comau, FCA, Ford, GM, Kuka, Magna and Siemens.

This evening event complements the college’s annual Auto STEAM Days held during the day on Dec. 5 and 6, which will draw more than 2,600 Metro Detroit-area students.

Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology is presented by Macomb Community College, Macomb Intermediate School District and Macomb County. The event will be held at the Sports and Expo Center on Macomb Community College’s South Campus in Warren. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion at 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Registration is required at www.macomb.edu/mfgevening.

Free pizza, hot dogs and soda will be available while supplies last.  Attendees can enter a drawing to win a drone.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Walsh College and Macomb Community College Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

Walsh College has become the first private college in Michigan to sign a reverse transfer agreement with Macomb Community College, enabling students to earn their associate degree while pursuing a higher-level business degree at Walsh.

The agreement facilitates transfer of credits from Walsh back to Macomb, allowing students to meet the requirements required for a Macomb associate degree, earning an additional academic credential.

Previously, some students transferred from Macomb to Walsh with an appropriate number of credits, but prior to fulfilling requirements for an associate’s degree. Now, eligible students can earn credit for the associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Walsh.

With the transfer agreement, eligible students can graduate with both an associate degree from Macomb and a bachelor’s degree from Walsh, if requirements are met. A minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework must be taken for transfer.

“The agreement strengthens our long-standing partnership with Macomb Community College in preparing business students with quality academic programs. We share a commitment to student success,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “It represents a win for transferring Macomb students who will graduate from Walsh with an additional academic credential that can potentially increase their value in the job market.”

“This kind of cooperation between institutions is increasingly important to the future of higher education,” said Macomb President Dr. James Jacobs, Ph.D. “Our agreement with Walsh will make the educational experience more efficient and valuable to the students of each school. This is the kind of creative partnership Macomb is always looking to form.”

Walsh and Macomb have agreed to maintain the integrity of their separate programs and enter the agreement as equal partners.

Under the agreement, both schools have agreed to establish appropriate criteria to identify eligible students, share student information in compliance with guidelines, and develop a method to track participation and results, and document administrative elements supporting the initiative.

Walsh College and Macomb have been partners since 1970. About 40 percent of Walsh undergraduate students now come from MCC. Macomb has consistently accounted for the highest number of all enrolled undergraduate students every academic year for at least the past 10 years, and the number of students from Macomb has been steadily increasing. Since 1991, nearly 2,000 Walsh bachelor degree graduates were first admitted to MCC.

Bergeron and Dr. Jacobs marked the agreement in a ceremonial signing ceremony on June 9. Walsh plans to enter into reverse transfer agreements with all of its primary community college partners by year’s end.

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For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

For more about Macomb, visit www.macomb.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456).The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.