Still time to apply for NLEA manufacturing scholarship

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Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is excited to announce the availability of two $500 scholarships; one for a college student and one for a high school student that enroll in Manufacturing Technology, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) classes through North Central Michigan College in the winter 2016 semester.

Thanks to a generous donation from Triune Specialty Trailer, the Madison Hts., Michigan manufacturer of NCMC’s Fab Lab, students will be able to apply for scholarships, to pay for their tuition in the CNC program.

These new CNC classes offer instruction, utilizing NCMC’s mobile Fab Lab. The Fab Lab has a CNC mill, CNC lathe, Computer Aided design (CAD) software and 12 computer stations.

College classes are offered at NCMC’s Petoskey campus. In addition, the Fab Lab travels to Central Lake, East Jordan, Pellston and Boyne City high schools providing high school students CNC classes.

High school students also receive college credit for the classes.

Note the $500.00 scholarship for a high school student will actually be awarded to the high school in honor of one of their students, since the school pays for the class and the student already does not incur any costs.

These classes will prepare students for high-tech, high-paying manufacturing CNC operator and programmer jobs that are available throughout Northern Michigan.

Scholarship applications must be received by January 6, 2016 and the scholarship awards will be applied to CNC classes that begin in January 2016.

We are hoping to expand this scholarship program for the future.

Our goal is area manufacturers and other organizations will contribute to the scholarship pool, as they see these CNC scholarships as a tool to increase the skills needed to fill the high-tech jobs available in northern Michigan.

To apply or for additional information, contact Sara Christensen at Northern Lakes Economic Alliance: 231-582-6482 or

The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), founded in 1984, serves Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties.

The NLEA’s mission is to “Enhance the economy in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties by acting as a resource to retain and create quality jobs.”

The NLEA works closely with various local, state, and federal economic development agencies and serves as a resource center for local companies by providing information or referrals on business-related topics.

In addition, the NLEA provides long-term business assistance services to companies that are starting up, expanding or relocating here.