Talent investment congratulates fourth class of graduates

Twenty-three students graduated the MAT2 program Friday (Source: WILX).
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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Talent Investment Agency congratulated the 23 graduates who made up Michigan's fourth class of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program on Friday.

The program is an apprenticeship program where students alternate between classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training. This allows students to gain necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences needed to become a successful and productive member of the workforce.

Those who complete the program receive their degree and have a job upon graduation in an in-demand field.

“The MAT2 program is an employer-led collaborative that effectively addresses the skills gap and supports Gov. Whitmer’s plan to increase the number of Michiganders with a post-secondary credential from 45 to 60 percent by 2030,” said Beckhorn. “Good-paying jobs in Michigan don’t always require a four-year degree, but all good-paying careers require some sort of post-secondary education, be it an apprenticeship, specialized credential, certificate, or associate degree. By providing both classroom instruction and on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs serve a vital role by preparing workers for critical occupations in Michigan’s labor market. Congratulations to today’s graduates on a job well done!”

The 23 graduates were students of the MAT2 Mechatronics and Technical Product Design programs at Baker College of Cadillac, Henry Ford College, Mott Community College and Oakland Community College. Today’s celebration included representatives from the 16 companies that sponsored the students and the four colleges.