Event gets students hands-on with skilled trades career opportunities

TRAVERSE CITY –Some 450 area middle and high school students will have a chance to “try a trade” when NMC hosts the annual Building Tomorrow event Thursday Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6 at the Aero Park Laboratories building.

Set for 9 a.m.–2 p.m. both days, the event is a hands-on experience for students to explore a career in the skilled trades. Students will rotate through several stations including carpentry, electrical, HVAC, automotive, welding and excavation site work.

Aero Park Laboratories is located at 2525 Aero Park Dr. on NMC’s Aero Park campus.

There is strong employer demand for skilled trades workers. A 2021 regional skills gap study found that it faced the greatest hiring challenges of any labor segment, with a third of northwest Michigan employers reporting difficulty hiring people with necessary skills.

NMC offers both degrees and certificates in automotive technology, construction technology, engineering technology, manufacturing technology, renewable energy technology, surveying and welding technology. In all technical programs, enrollments are limited to maximize students’ access to the most current technology and industry-knowledgeable instructors. Technical curriculum is reviewed and approved by local advisory committees.

Release Date: October 3, 2023

For more information:

Carolyn Andrews
NMC Technical Division
(231) 995-2803



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