Production Technician Academy Begins on March 26 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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The Production Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College was designed to provide a fast track to long term careers in the manufacturing field. Classes begin on March 26, 2013.

The next Production Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College begins on March 26, 2013. Classes will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Graduation for the March Academy will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 26.

An information session about the Academy is set for Monday, March 4th at 4:00 p.m. at The Groves Campus. The Academy was designed by local employers who were looking for a way to fill local manufacturing jobs with qualified production workers. Local employers have contributed scholarships which will cover the $1,600 fee for those who are not eligible for publicly funded training grants, as determined by Michigan Works! Kalamazoo/St. Joseph Counties.

“The manufacturing sector needs skilled workers,” said Lesa Strausbaugh, Director of Career Academies for Kalamazoo Valley Community College. “Cutting-edge, advanced technologies have fostered a new manufacturing environment with automated machines, computer-driven processes and integrated electronic systems. This Academy was designed specifically to meet those needs.”

The Production Technician Academy, housed at Kalamazoo Valley’s Groves Campus, is a competency-based, fast-track, industry-designed training program to prepare production workers for an advanced manufacturing environment. The training is meant to prepare graduates for entry-level positions and successful, long-term careers in manufacturing. Graduates receive a transcript of demonstrated skills and competencies that manufacturers recognize and value.

Training includes an introduction to the manufacturing industry; safety and OSHA regulation training; Lean Manufacturing training; team work group participation; Applied Math Fundamentals; Industrial Blueprint Reading; Precision Measurement; Quality Management training; basic electrical and mechanical training; an introduction to Programmable Logic Control; Basic Industrial Fluid Power training; computer usage; and job search and interviewing preparation.

Applications to the Production Technician Academy are accepted all year long. For more information, go to, call 269-353-1290 or email careeracademies(at)kvcc(dot)edu.

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