(WLTX)– Midlands Tech and Michelin North America are training and educating high school students who want careers in advanced manufacturing.
Dutch Fork High School senior Taylor Place says welding is a skill he learned at early in life.
“Working in my grandfathers shop and he had a welder in his garage and that just sparked it,” said Place.
The president of Midlands Technical College Dr. Marshall “Sonny” White, says that it’s students like Taylor who he and Michelin North America are looking for. They’re offering the “Michelin Technical Scholar Program” to select seniors at Lexington One and Lexington-Richland Five who want to major in electronic technology. Dr. White says he hope this program will change students’ perceptions about manufacturing careers.
“The students can be come interested in this while they are in high school by the time they graduate from high school,” said White.
White says a strong educational background and skills are needed to work in advanced manufacturing jobs. He says with applications in the hundreds. It’s a competitive program with many benefits.
” Full-time [scholarships] paid through Midlands Technical College, get all of their books paid for, Michelin will give them a half-time job and schedule that around their schooling,” said White.
Which is peeking the interest of students like Taylor who took the assessment test for the scholarship.
“It’s pretty interesting to me that Michelin, a big company like that would want students coming out. They came and you take the test they have. I realized when I passed, the next step was to do the interview process. And that kind of caught my eye, ” said Place.
Scholars of the program earn a degree leaving debt free in hopes of potential job offer at the Michelin Lexington site.
“It would be a great opportunity coming out of high school and going to college knowing that you have the financial background already stable for you,” said Place.