Shiawasee RESD Talent Tour Success

Shiawassee RESD – December 6th, nine high school students from Shiawassee County participated in a talent tour, first touring the welding program at Baker College of Owosso. They met with the instructor who explained the sixteen week welding program, which includes training in Arc, MIG, TIG, and Stick welding. Students learned they are eligible for certification after the successful completion of the program. They also toured the lab and observed recent projects created by students.

Next, the students toured Midwest Bus of Owosso, the largest re-manufacturer of City Transit Buses in the United States. They saw first-hand how the welding skills at Baker could translate into a career. The students observed the remanufacturing process from start to finish and observed positions in painting, welding, refurbishing flooring and seats, electrical system overhaul, and engine replacements.  Midwest Bus is very supportive of the schools in Shiawassee County. Dan Morrill, Midwest Bus Corporations President and Founder said, “We have a chance to feed the talent pool in our county when we meet with students like the ones who joined us. They get to see the opportunities that are available right now, especially if they are willing to learn from the ground up. If we are going to compete in the marketplace and fill our jobs, we have to build partnerships with our educational institutions.”

Midwest Bus was selected for this talent tour as they are looking to hire and provide opportunities here in Shiawassee County.   They place a strong emphasis on education and training programs for their employees and promote from within. Students were excited about the opportunities at Midwest Bus and were encouraged to consider the manufacturing industry