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Release Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2018

YouTube star Joel Goss: “Get in the Game with MAT2” at HFC Nov. 8

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Community Room East in the Welcome Center
Get in the Game with MAT2 graphic

The Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program will hold a company fair at Henry Ford College (HFC) called “Get in the Game with MAT2” hosted by YouTube star Joel Goss Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room East of the Welcome Center (Bldg. WC on the main campus).

“Get in the Game with MAT2” is designed to highlight high-paying, high-tech careers available to students through the MAT2 training program. Goss, a Michigan native who hosts Nobody Epic, a YouTube channel with 1.4 million followers, will host the event and talk about his unusual career path as a professional gamer, conveyed in his distinctive, witty style.

“Michigan is a great place to be living for students who are interested in a high-tech career,” said Goss. “Recent advances in technology have really made a lot more options much more accessible. And thanks to the MAT2 program, employers are paying for students to earn a degree, as well as pay for on-the-job training. It’s really a win-win.”

Tuition-free degrees

The MAT2 program allows Michigan students to attain tuition-free degrees and fast-track them into high-tech, high-paying manufacturing careers such as mechatronics and computer numerical control (CNC) engineering. The program is a public-private collaboration in which employers pay tuition for an apprentice’s associate degree and provide on-the-job training with pay. Students who receive their degree and complete the three-year program requirements successfully have a job upon graduation in an in-demand field.

MAT2 employers attending this event include ZF North America (headquartered in Northville), Brose North America (headquartered in Auburn Hills) and SW Machines North America (headquartered in New Hudson). The event will include:
• A presentation by Goss, featuring a Brose employee and a current MAT2 student
• Employer booths with displays of the work they do and types of jobs they offer
• A tour of the MAT2 classrooms at HFC
• A meet-and-greet with Goss

Michigan employer demand is soaring for middle-skill workers – those with more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree, such as largely technical jobs in manufacturing and health care.

A strong need for manufacturing employees in Michigan

The need for advanced manufacturing employees is expected to remain strong as Baby Boomers retire with more than 5,700 job openings anticipated in Michigan through 2024. Average wages for full-time jobs in this arena are $23.37 an hour. State estimates show that there will be a need for 15,000 new high-tech manufacturing workers annually through the next decade with average annual wages of $51,000, according to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.

“High-tech manufacturing employers in Michigan are hungry for eager students looking to embark on a challenging, high-paying career right here at home,” said Marcia Black-Watson, Director of Industry Engagement for the Michigan Talent Investment Agency. “This event will show students that they don’t have to leave the state to find a meaningful career working with cutting-edge technology. These jobs are right in their own backyard.”

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