Henry Ford Community College http://michiganradio.org en High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program http://michiganradio.org/post/high-stakes-michigans-pilot-apprenticeship-program <p>Michigan imports a lot of things from Germany, from craft beer to high-tech appliances.<br /><br />Now, the state's trying to import Germany's highly successful apprentice system.<br /><br />The hope is that employer-paid apprenticeships could address two problems: high-skilled jobs that go unfilled – and four-year college degrees that are becoming unaffordable.<br /><br />One such program is already underway, teaching students how to manage automated assembly lines.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16374 at http://michiganradio.org High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program Could German-style paid apprenticeships work in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-german-style-paid-apprenticeships-work-michigan <p align="LEFT">In the United States, high school students are often told they need a four-year college degree to get a good job. That can mean racking up a lot of debt.</p><p align="LEFT">But in Germany, students can choose a paid apprenticeship. Now, Michigan officials hope to import the system here.</p><p align="LEFT">The apprentice system in Germany is extensive. You can become a land surveyor, a bank clerk, a robotics technician... so it's not hard to find someone who's done it.</p><p align="LEFT">When&nbsp;Sophie Stepke was 16, she was&nbsp;a typical teen. She had no idea what she wanted to do for a living.</p><p align="LEFT">She could have postponed a decision by staying in high school. Instead,</p><blockquote><p align="LEFT">I went for an apprenticeship as a professional land surveyor. So for three years, I worked with an employer, I went to school, and I basically became a professional land surveyor. So I was staying out there building streets and building houses and all that kind of stuff.</p></blockquote><p align="LEFT"> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:49:18 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16371 at http://michiganradio.org Could German-style paid apprenticeships work in Michigan? What do manufacturers want from factory workers? Problem-solving skills http://michiganradio.org/post/what-do-manufacturers-want-factory-workers-problem-solving-skills <p>It's been a long time since the days you could succeed on the factory floor with "a weak mind and a strong back," as the adage goes.</p><p>Modern manufacturers need people who use their minds more than their bodies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Today, manufacturing workers need to be computer literate, solve problems when the robots on the&nbsp;line shut down, and work in teams.</p><p>The Obama administration says manufacturing companies added jobs for the first time since the 1990s - more than 500,000 jobs in the past 30 months.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 22:52:04 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9321 at http://michiganradio.org What do manufacturers want from factory workers? Problem-solving skills