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Building a Future: Summer Learning Opportunities for Students Looking to Explore Skilled Trades

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We’ve got great news coming for the students of three intermediate school districts in Northern Michigan, thanks to the Marshall Plan for Talent Grant. The grant is designed to fund and support school districts to expand the college and career experiences students receive, specifically to increase awareness and provide exposure to STEM and skilled trade careers.

This year COP ESD (Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Educational School District), COOR (Crawford-Ogemaw-Oscoda-Roscommon Intermediate School District) and IOSCO IRESA (Iosco Regional Education Service Agency) and the Industrial Arts Institute will have summer program opportunities for students in grades 7-9.

Students will be exploring career paths in manufacturing, welding, electricity, automotive, mechatronics, and building trades.

“The goal is to provide engaging and authentic STEM learning opportunities for students at all levels, and really building that interest in STEM fields,” says Jamie Huber, the superintendent of COP-ESD.

Tammi Ward, partner of the Industrial Arts Institute says, “Skilled trades is not an alternative to college but could be a pathway to a career in additional education and degrees.”

These summer programs are getting students excited about making decisions after graduating high school. So instead of area employers scouting for talent and hoping to find interested graduates, these programs will provide the right resources and opportunities for students to grow in a skilled trade and excel towards their developing career path.

The summer programs will be free of charge and registration ends May 21. All programs will run from June 9 until August 11.

For more information on how you can register, visit the and click on the STEM button on the side.