Manufacturing Day: LCC alumni thrive in careers

HOLT, Mich. (WILX) -- Programs at Lansing Community College are finding graduates thrive in the workforce like at Orchid Orthopedic Solutions in Holt.

"You would probably never see the fruits of our labor. They are all internal implants, so, you know people, grandparents, family members, neighbors that have had a hip replaced or a knee replaced, we do major joints here, so hips and knees are our primary business function," said Orchid production manager Jason Griffith.

He is one of more than a handful of employees working at the mid-Michigan company that has gone through programs at LCC. Griffith helps bring it back full circle by working closely with the school on finding future talent.

"We work right with manufacturing courses there at LCC. They do a great job of getting employees ready to come into the job world. They've got great programs," Griffith said.

It's that hands-on experience that's moving the teaching from the classroom and right into the office.

"Right out of high school, I took an apprenticeship program, and took the classes for machinists, along with working at the shop," said former student and now programmer Mark Reiber, who is also an alum of LCC.

"As soon as I got the certificate, I took more classes for the CAD and then became a programmer."

Orchid Orthopedics is based in Holt. The company has a global presence and employees hundreds of people in a variety of jobs.

"We have engineering, we have programming. There's a lot of jobs that involve computers. There's a lot more than just being on a floor being on an assembly line," said Griffith.

Like many other companies, Orchid hosted students during the annual Manufacturing Day event.

"At the end of the day, we make parts but there's an entire group of people that support making parts. And some of those are highly technical jobs. They're very difficult jobs and people get the opportunity to learn that," Griffith said.

You can read more about Orchid online.