Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is excited to present $500.00 in travel assistance to four (4) northern Michigan students in support of their Manufacturing Technology, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) completion camp through North Central Michigan College. This assistance was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Triune Specialty Trailer, the Madison Heights, Michigan manufacturer of North Central’s Fabrication Lab “Fab Lab”. The Fab Lab is providing a unique solution to the workforce shortage in Northern Michigan thanks to many partner organizations including NLEA, North Central, Char-EM ISD, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, community foundations, workforce organizations, county and state partners, and multiple private companies.
There is a CNC class providing instruction, utilizing North Central’s mobile Fab Lab which houses a CNC mill, CNC lathe, and 12 computer stations with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. In addition to college classes offered at North Central’s Petoskey campus, the Fab Lab travels to area high schools providing high school students CNC classes and college credit. The classes prepare students for high-tech, high-paying manufacturing CNC operator and programmer jobs available throughout Northern Michigan. The CNC completion camp offers these high school students the ability to finish their CNC Certificate through NCMC giving them a leg up on entering the career force.