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Macomb Community College’s career academies give teens a chance for hands-on exploration of careers

– Monday, April 13, 2015 12:00AM

Two new academies introduce students to apprenticeships and the basics of computer programming

Macomb Community College’s 10 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 15.  For the second consecutive year, AT&T has awarded a $10,000 grant to support the college’s career academies so that Macomb can offer reduced program fees, which are nearly half of what the academies cost in 2013.

Each of the academies provides hands-on, interactive and engaging experiences for students who are at least 14 years old (16 for the law enforcement and fire service academies). New this year will be an academy in computer programming and another academy that is an interactive workshop covering what an apprentice does; explores apprenticeships in building construction, machining, mechatronics and welding, and opportunities in engineering and advanced technology fields. The fee for most academies is $85.

“Macomb’s career academies give participants a chance to experience a career option and directly interact with those actually working in the field,” said Ed Stanton, director of admissions and outreach at Macomb. “They can help a young person get a good sense of whether a particular career path is something that suits his or her strengths and interests.”

Career academies, dates, locations and fees are:

  • Law Enforcement, Fire and EMT: June 15-19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., East Campus, $85
  • Computer programming: June 22-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center Campus, $85
  • Culinary/Pastry Arts: June 22-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center Campus, $85
  • Earn as you Learn–experience apprenticeships: June 22-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Campus, $85
  • Media and Communication Arts: June 15-18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Campus, $85
  • Robotics: June 15-19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Campus, $85
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles:  June 22-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Campus, no charge*
  • Veterinary Technician: June 22-25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center Campus, $85
  • Biotechnology:  July 6-9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Center Campus, $75
  • I.T. Gaming: Aug. 17-20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center Campus, $85

*The AT&T grant, along with funding from the college’s National Science Foundation-funded Center for Advanced Automotive Technology allows students to attend the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Career Academy at no charge.

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.

For more information about Macomb’s career academies, download the brochure at this link or call 586.498.4008. 

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( 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.  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.

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