Macomb Community College’s career academies offer teens chance to explore a career

– Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00AM

Grant from AT&T significantly lowers cost of the summer programs

Macomb Community College’s eight summer career academies, which offer high- school students the opportunity for hands-on  exploration of  specific careers guided by professionals in those fields, are set to begin June 16. 

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from AT&T, the price of most four- and five-day programs is $85, down from $165 in 2013. The AT&T grant, along with financial support from the college’s National Science Foundation-funded Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, will allow students to attend the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Career Academy at no charge.

“The idea of these academies is to spark the learning process,” said Ed Stanton, director of admissions and outreach at Macomb. “They present young people with the chance to get short-term exposure to a career they might be interested in. That exposure can help a participant confirm that a career is right for him or her – or that it actually is not, which can be equally important.”

New this year is a combined law enforcement, fire and emergency medical technician (EMT) academy. Previously, Macomb offered separate police and fire academies. However, many municipalities are moving to a public safety model that includes both police and fire, along with EMT, into a single department. The combined summer academy will give students a more realistic idea about what a public safety career is like.

Participants in the public safety academy must be at least 16 years old. Participants in all other academies must be at least 14 years old.  Career academies, dates, locations and fees are:

  • Law Enforcement, Fire and EMT (course 21979): June 16-20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., East Campus, $85
  • Culinary/Pastry Arts (course 21972): June 23-26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center Campus, $85
  • Media and Communication Arts (course 21977): June 16-19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Campus, $85
  • Robotics (course 21973): June 16-20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Campus, $85
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles (course 21976):  June 23-26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Campus, no charge
  • Veterinary Technician (course 21980): June 23-26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center Campus, $85
  • Biotechnology (course 21974):  July 7-10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Center Campus, $75
  • I.T. Gaming (course 21975): Aug. 11-14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center Campus, $85


Lunch is included for all full-day academies.

Center Campus is located at Hall and Garfield roads in Clinton Township.  South Campus is located at 12 Mile and Hayes roads in Warren.  East Campus is located on Dunham Road in Clinton Township.

Registration for new non-credit students

  • Go to www.macomb.edu and click on “Future Students”
  • Select “Register for Continuing Ed Classes” at the top of page
  • Select “Non-Credit/Continuing Education Students” button
  • Select “Search & Register for Continuing Education Classes”
  • Enter the five-digit course code in the Course Code Number box and click Submit
  • Complete the personal identification information in order to complete registration and payment.

Registration for returning non-credit students

  • Go to www.macomb.edu and click on My Macomb
  • Enter Domain/User name (Macomb student ID number) and password
  • Under Web Advisor tab select “Non-Credit/Continuing   Education Students” button
  • Select “Search & Register for Continuing Education Classes”
  • Enter the five-digit course code in the Course Code Number box and click Submit
  • Select class, click submit and enter payment information to complete registration


About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271; meltonj@macomb.edu

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