New Certificate Option Announced at Early College Allegan County

The Early College Allegan County Program (ECAC) is proud to announce a third option for students in Allegan County: A Pre-Apprentice/Certificate from Lake Michigan College in Machine Tool Technology. Expanding on existing direct credit course work in the Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center’s (ACATEC) Machining/CNC program, students can complete a 37-credit postsecondary certificate while entering the work force in a paid apprenticeship with a local employer.
“Local manufacturers are desperately searching for skilled machinists wherever they can find them,” said Jon Sarver, ACATEC Machining/CNC instructor. “The need will only continue to increase as it takes a machinist many years to become a skilled machinist, and older workers start to retire. In the Machining & CNC Technology program at the Allegan Tech Center, students can get up 720 hours of training which makes them very attractive to local manufacturers.”

This is an exciting development for Allegan County employers according to Nora Balgoyen, Allegan County Economic Development Director. “Having a pre-apprentice training program will help meet the needs of local employers who are in need of talent to fill high demand, high wage jobs.”

Students will enter the program in 11th grade and complete both their certificate and high school diploma after the 13th year. The two programs ECAC currently offers are an Associate’s Degree in Arts and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science: Business; both through Lake Michigan College.

For more information contact ECAC Dean Robin Sterk at 616-512-7809.