North Central Michigan College’s Fab Lab helps students learn lifelong career skills in manufacturing

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Boyne City High School’s Manufacturing Tech students are pictured with NCMC Lab Instructor Jeff Montgomery, Boyne City High School Principal Karen Jarema, NLEA Board Chairman Randy Frykberg, Char-Em ISD Career/College Readiness Specialist Kelly Johnson, North Central Associate Dean of Business Manufacturing and Technology Pam Miller and Fab Lab Driver Gary Mallis. Photo by Chris Faulknor
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.
Boyne City High School’s Manufacturing Tech students are pictured with NCMC Lab Instructor Jeff Montgomery, Boyne City High School Principal Karen Jarema, NLEA Board Chairman Randy Frykberg, Char-Em ISD Career/College Readiness Specialist Kelly Johnson, North Central Associate Dean of Business Manufacturing and Technology Pam Miller and Fab Lab Driver Gary Mallis. Photo by Chris Faulknor
Boyne City High School’s Manufacturing Tech students are pictured with NCMC Lab Instructor Jeff Montgomery, Boyne City High School Principal Karen Jarema, NLEA Board Chairman Randy Frykberg, Char-Em ISD Career/College Readiness Specialist Kelly Johnson, North Central Associate Dean of Business Manufacturing and Technology Pam Miller and Fab Lab Driver Gary Mallis. Photo by Chris Faulknor

In an effort to offset costs related to career training, the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) recently presented a scholarship of $500 to the Boyne City High School Manufacturing Technology, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) class that is offered in conjunction with North Central Michigan College.

 

The moneys were donated by Triune Specialty Trailer, the Madison Heights manufacturer of North Central Michigan College’s Fabrication Lab, also known as the “Fab Lab.”

The Fab Lab is providing a unique solution to the manufacturing workforce shortage in Northern Michigan with help from partner organizations like the NLEA, North Central Michigan College, Char-EM ISD, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, community foundations, workforce organizations, county and state partners, and multiple private companies.

The CNC class offers 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.
Boyne City High School Principal Karen Jarema said the demand and interest in the program continues to grow as does successful completion.

So, the school continues to look for opportunities to offset tuition costs in order to expand the program.

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. In addition, NLEA provides long-term business assistance services.