MASON, Mich. (WILX) -- Michigan does not have enough qualified workers to fill all the skilled trades jobs in the state.
That's why the Dart Foundation is donating $700,000 dollars to the Ingham Intermediate School District. The money will be used to build the Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration Space at the Capital Area Career Center.
It will have modern manufacturing equipment so students will be ready for today's welding, machining and engineering jobs.
"A lot of our equipment in our welding program in particular is 40 to 45 years old. Now we've upgraded it bit-by-bit along the way but what's being done in industry now is much more advanced and again that's one of the exciting things about this is we're gonna be able to equip ourselves with that advanced manufacturing equipment," says Scott Koenigsknecht, Superintendent of the Ingham Intermediate School District.
Construction will start at the career center this summer. It should be finished by the summer of 2018. The center has students year-round so crews will have to work around them.