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Plastic Technology Program Revamps Class to Better Serve Businesses

October 12, 2020

Young female student using a computer machine and holding a plastic item

Enrollment is now open for Plastic Technology Academy, which builds on Schoolcraft College’s successful non-credit Introduction to Plastic Materials and Processing class. The Plastic Technology Academy has been designed to better serve professionals, participants and businesses as each adapt to the new realities created by COVID-19. You can learn more about the class here.

Starting this fall, this class has divided up the topics into five modules. Each topic will be covered in a live virtual learning format. These non-credit classes are open-enrollment, which means anyone can register for one or more classes or the entire series at a discount.

  • Materials
  • Processing
  • Injection Molding (two sessions)
  • Additives and Reinforcements
  • Testing

Young female student operating a plastics machinery“The Introduction to Plastic Materials and Processing Course has been highly successful in providing training to the plastics industry,” said Pete Grelle, Adjunct Instructor. “For over six years, this 12-week course was presented to more than 200 professionals and skilled workers employed in the areas of manufacturing, engineering, customer service, sales and marketing. The new modular training program is structured to meet the specific technical need of the customer and provides flexibility in scheduling.”

Offered through the Business Development Center, the non-credit plastic technology class began in 2013 as plastics companies specifically sought out Schoolcraft College to develop training for their employees. To date:

  • This non-credit class has been offered 20 times.
  • There have been 266 participants representing 31 companies.
  • The training has been customized and offered on-site for various companies.

The instructors can customize content to a company’s need, at a time and method (remote or in-person, if permissible) you choose. Learn more about Schoolcraft College’s Workforce Training Solutions here.

Certificate/Degree programs also available

The Plastic Technology credit program offers three levels of certifications. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to become a competent molding machine operator or technician. The credential options are:

  • Plastic Technology Skills Certificate
  • Plastic Technology Certificate
  • Plastic Technology AAS Degree

You can view more information about the Plastic Technology program here.