MTU Inks Agreement with TBAISD Career-Tech Center
Administrators from the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) and Michigan Tech met March 4 to solidify an agreement that will promote ongoing educational opportunities and career exploration for students enrolled in the Career-Tech Center’s (CTC) Manufacturing Technology Academy (MTA). This will allow current and future students to reap the benefits of additional lectures, seminars and workshops delivered through Michigan Tech curriculum and provide a $1,000 annual renewable scholarship for those who successfully complete two years of MTA and enroll at Michigan Tech as first-year students.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizes the intent and understanding between the two institutions to identify initiatives that expand student learning, exploration and apprentice programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career paths.
“This partnership gives positive recognition to the value career and technical education provides to high school students and we are honored that Michigan Tech looks highly upon the quality of students they see coming from our Manufacturing Technology Academy,” says Pat Lamb, assistant superintendent of Career and Technical Education and Community Outreach for TBAISD.
MTA is a high school education program within Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District’s Career-Tech Center, serving students throughout the five-county Traverse Bay region. MTA students engage in rigorous academics including chemistry, physics, economics, technical writing, public speaking, and mathematics. MTA’s two-year technical curriculum builds student knowledge and hands-on experience in design; robotics and automation; quality assurance; fluid power; manufacturing processes; electrical systems; and project management and teamwork.
In the spirit of collaboration, MTU and CTC are furthering efforts through local partnerships to coordinate a variety of student learning opportunities. Already this year, CTC, MTU and Newton’s Road partnered to provide STEM experiences through a Career Exploring Club for middle and high school students. The program is designed to bring in experts from a variety of career fields to deepen understanding and provide hands-on learning to students throughout the Traverse Bay region.
To learn more about the opportunities available through the TBAISD Career-Tech Center Manufacturing Technology Academy and the partnership with Michigan Technological University contact MTA academic instructor Debby Oliver.
For more information about TBAISD go to the TBAISD website or call 231-922-6200.