DEARBORN (WWJ) — Henry Ford Community College, Baker College and Automation Alley’s committees on Education and Workforce, Manufacturing and Technology are teaming up to present “Interns and Apprentices: Models to Design and Construct Future Talent” Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at HFCC’s Michigan Technical Education Center, 3601 Schaefer Road, Dearborn.

This cooperative committee venture will offer ways to get started in the development of successful internship and apprenticeship programs. Sarah Harfst, a consultant at Orbitak International LLC in Troy, and Amanda Dumond-Avila, director of Talent Initiatives and Business Enhancement at the Prima Civitas Foundation in East Lansing, will address ways to assist employers in developing and implementing internship and apprenticeship programs. They will also discuss how internship and apprenticeship program development can improve their bottom line.

Additionally, they will address how having an intern or an apprentice is an opportunity to “try out” a future employee. Companies with structured internship and apprenticeship programs are able to mold their talent to manufacture a suitable workforce. Growing and grooming a workforce from the inside of a company can help the company increase its competitiveness.

Online registration is available at this link. On Thursday, on-site registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost — which includes breakfast — to attend this event for Automation Alley members is $10 pre-registration and $20 at the door. The cost for non-members is $20 pre-registration and $30 at the door. Pre-registration closes Tuesday, July 30, at the close of business.

For further information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or email


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