Free, high-tech training offered to adults at Tech Center; Classes start September 12

Business News |Aug 9, 2017|2 min read

MUSKEGON, MI: Adults interested in moving from class to career in 18 weeks are urged to enroll now in the Linked Muskegon hands-on training courses at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center.  The high-tech classes are free and begin on September 12, 2017. Adults who are on track to complete their high school diploma or GED can choose to attend courses in machining, welding, or health from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The courses will be offered again in January 2018.


According to Adult Education Navigator Benika Longmire, who oversees the program, many past participants have earned their high school diploma or GED and have secured full-time employment.


“Not only do these adults learn how to safely operate high-tech equipment, Linked Muskegon participants also spend time with West Michigan Works developing soft skills like communication, professionalism, and dependability. These skills are just as critical to a successful career in the manufacturing and healthcare industry,” said Longmire.  “At the same time students earn their high school diploma or GED,” she added.


Longmire said a unique part of this program is connecting local manufacturers with qualified adults able to demonstrate their skills before being hired. “Our local manufacturers are dealing with a critical shortage of skilled laborers and are eager to meet face-to-face with our students.”


Longmire is employed by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) through a state-funded pilot grant which is a collaborative effort of Adult Education programs within Muskegon County, West Michigan Works, the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center and local employers.  This is the second year of the program.


Linked Muskegon participants must have a minimum of 9th grade level proficiency in reading and math and be enrolled in an adult education program. Once selected, students become dually enrolled by adding a technical course in machining, welding, or health.


To learn more, contact White Lake Area Community Education, Orchard View Adult Education, or Fruitport Adult Education, or contact Benika Longmire directly at 231-760-1997 or