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Program Preps High School Students For Technical Careers

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PONTIAC (WWJ) – They’re training students to fill the skilled workers gap in Michigan.

Paul Galbenski is Dean of Oakland Schools Northeast Technical Campus, where students learn the high-tech skills employers are looking for, while also earning college credit

“Not only does this program have a paycheck right out of high school, they have no debts when they’re finished with their education, and they have a guaranteed job right here in Michigan,” Galbenski said.

Galbenski said students in the program are already on their way to a bright future.

“And then while they are earning that advanced associates degree, not only is tuition being paid — there’s a stipend, they earn a salary — but then they’re also working for that particular company,” Galbenski. “Then, upon completion of that, they have a guaranteed job here in the state of Michigan once they finish the MAT-squared program.”

Parents and students who want more details can attend “Engineering and Emerging Technologies (EET) Information Night” on March 20, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at Oakland Schools Northeast Technical Campus at 1371 N. Perry Pontiac.

Learn about careers in Mechatronics  (electrical, mechanical, and electronic  engineering competencies), Machining,  Welding, Robotics, CAD/Design and  the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) Program. [CLICK HERE for information session details].

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