Welcome to the first edition of the MAT² Network Newsletter
We are excited to launch t hi s monthly newsletter for MAT ² Network Companies and Colleges. You will find the latest in news, upcoming events, and more helpful info for your company in this mailing . Watch your inboxes at the end of each month to stay up-to-date on what’s happening with the MAT² Apprenticeship Program. 
Register Now
Join this bi-monthly call from 12:00 - 1:00 EDT to discuss the current state of affairs, hear what’s happening at our Network Colleges, and bring your ideas and experiences to this lively discussion.

June’s Question of the Month:
What is your approach to teaching apprentices soft skills at work?

Invitations have been sent via Outlook; p lease contact Darlene Bidwell   for more information or to request an invitation.
Learn college procedures and communication tips, explore Department of Labor registration options, discuss generational differences in communication, and get expert advice on how to navigate the PAL exam. Register here.

Sophie Stepke of ZF North America will discuss how to develop your training plan to align with college curricula. Register here.

Please contact Bernadette Duncan  for more information.
New Network Company Resources
Educators, parents, and friends: Do you want to inform someone about the opportunities of MAT²  apprenticeship?

Click here to view the MAT² Apprenticeship Program Virtual Presentation.

Please contact Bernadette Duncan  for more information.
We recently featured MAT² Network Company Eaton in a MA T ² blog post and social media.

Has one of your employees been able to retool your plant or used their unique skills to help the public during this pandemic? Or have you found a noteworthy way to keep your employees safe to restart production? We would love to share your story through social media. 

Mechatronics Curriculum Changes
In 2019, the MAT ² Strategic Steering Committee (SSC) commissioned a benchmarking survey of the MAT ² Mechatronics curriculum.

GACC Midwest determined that MAT ² had significantly more credit hours (~80) than most programs (~64). To prevent fee increases, the SSC approved a program to streamline the curriculum and reduce credit hours while maintaining our excellent training quality.
Henry Ford College: Take the Survey Next Week
MAT² employers in Southeast Michigan are asked to take an online survey to evaluate the relative importance of current courses to the development of apprentices at their company.

Watch your email next week for the survey link, and feel free to contact Darlene Bidwell or Chris Hunt , Chair of the Mechatronics Program Steering Committee, with questions.
Baker College of Cadillac: Changes Approved
Baker College's updated curriculum was approved by the SSC on May 21, 2020 and will go into effect for the upcoming 2020-2023 cohort.

For questions, please contact Mark Lagerwey .
Contact us for more Information
Virginia Rounds
Director, MAT² Apprenticeship Program

(312) 494-2163

Darlene Bidwell
C ompany Outreach Manager

(248) 419-1529  

Bernadette Duncan
A pplicant Outreach Manager

(248) 419-4755

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