CANTON, Mich. (Nov. 18, 2020) – Jennifer Paugh, president of MIAT College of Technology’s Canton, Mich. campus, was recently elected to the Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OMACCS) board of directors. Her term is effective immediately and runs through November 2022. The OMACCS unifies the voices of nearly 300 career colleges and schools to legislators and regulators within the two states.
The OMACCS guiding principles include developing relationships and fostering communication with state, regional, and federal entities; supporting excellence in career education; maintaining ethical and professional standards with the highest integrity; and serving as advocates for career education.
“I’m incredibly excited to further represent the state of Michigan during my term on the OMACCS board and further the interests of the organization as a whole,” commented Paugh. “Career education is especially dear to me as I have devoted almost 20 years of my 22 years in higher education specifically to this sector. I am passionate about its future, its impact, and the graduates and industries we continue to support.”
OMACCS keeps in regular contact with the state licensing boards of Michigan and Ohio, accrediting commissions, and state and regional professional agencies, and provide up-to-the-minute information to the Ohio and Michigan General Assemblies, Ohio Board of Regents, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. The organization also provides student scholarships and tuition assistance to provide higher education opportunities to students who are seeking career education.
“MIAT has long been a leader in trades education most specifically in aviation maintenance, and now with a whole suite of skilled trades programs. Working with the OMACCS board will allow MIAT to leverage our action and influence for positive progress in local legislation and multi-statewide career college support,” said Paugh. (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 05, 2020) – The United States Air Force (USAF) and its industry partner, M1 Support Services, donated a business jet training aid to MIAT to further the education of next generation Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics (https://miat.edu/programs/aviation/airframe-powerplant-technician/). The TFE-731 Turbofan Engine is found on business jets such as a Learjet 35/36, Dassault Falcon 900 A/B, and Hawker 900 aircraft. The college currently has 323 students enrolled in this two-year program who receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification after completing the curriculum requirements.
“Without airworthy aircraft, the Air Force mission or any other aviation mission, would not be possible,” commented Michael Charles Lauer, C-21 program manager Commercial Derivative Aircraft Division, United States Air Force. “We hope this engine will facilitate learning by providing an opportunity for hands on experience and familiarization with the same technology and equipment that is in service today on both civil and military platforms.” (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (June 23, 2020) – The Houston Campus of MIAT College of Technology and Mnemonic Agency have earned one silver 2020 Award in the Local TV General-Schools/Colleges/Universities category for their collaborative development of MIAT’s 30-second video entitled “Soar.”
MIAT operates campuses in Houston and in the Detroit metro area. MIAT’s Houston team is using the video for marketing and public relations, recruiting, job fairs, and community relations purposes. The video is available below:
Sehban Zaidi, creative manager with Houston-based Mnemonic Agency, worked closely with MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president John Willis, his faculty, staff, students and alumni to produce the “Soar” video last year. Aaron Long, a senior marketing consultant and founder of the Longstation marketing and graphic design firm , also served on the project team. Since summer 2019, the video has aired extensively via Comcast, AT&T U-verse and Direct TV on numerous television channels such as ESPN, ID, MTV, TBS, TNT and many others. It also has been viewed and shared extensively via MIAT’s social media platforms, digital marketing campaigns, the MIAT.edu Web site, and MIAT YouTube Channel. (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 3, 2020) — MIAT College of Technology’s Houston campus faculty and staff are hosting the 2020 Career Fair for its students and graduates on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. The Career Fair will be held on campus at 533 Northpark Central Drive, Houston, Texas 77073
MIAT’s 2020 Career Fair provides an opportunity for its students and graduates to meet employers who have immediate hiring needs for entry-level positions. MIAT offers certificate and associate degree programs for day and night students. Students can choose aviation maintenance, energy, HVACR, non-destructive testing, and welding technician programs.
“This career fair is designed to assist recent grads and soon to be grads a chance to meet with employers. For many employers in Houston and other parts of the county, the high demand nature of their openings requires them to actively recruit future workers to their company. Many want to be the first to meet with graduates,” commented John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president. (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (Jan. 8, 2020) – MIAT College of Technology is now offering a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technician program at its Houston campus. This program incorporates theoretical lectures supported by hands-on learning platforms that will produce quality entry-level technicians who will have sound practical, technical and theoretical non-destructive testing knowledge upon their graduation. MIAT’s first Non-Destructive Testing class will begin Jan. 28. The technician program can be completed in seven months, and the advanced program can be completed in nine months.
Graduates of this new program will support a wide range of industrial sectors, which include, but are not limited, to energy production (for example, power plants, wind farms, and oil and gas exploration and production companies) ; aviation; manufacturing; and construction.
“With more than 50 years of career college experience, MIAT is uniquely positioned to offer hands-on training in a shorter period than traditional four-year universities can deliver. Our school equips the workplace with entry-level technicians who can hit the ground running,” commented John Willis, MIAT Houston campus president. “It is common knowledge that the United States is facing a growing gap in skilled workers. Employers are seeking to fill positions that are being vacated by Baby Boomer retirements. Across the country, an increasing number of government entities and businesses are becoming more engaged in initiatives to prepare students for careers in professional trades that can lead to rewarding and good-paying careers within less time. I am honored that employers have come to know and trust MIAT as an effective solution.” (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (July 23, 2019) – The Houston Campus of MIAT College of Technology is accepting and training international students as a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition, MIAT was selected through a federal government proposal process as a sub-contractor to provide training for foreign military personnel on the Cessna C-208 aircraft. This training encompasses both power plant and avionics operation.
The SEVP Program is a part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information on nonimmigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is to be students. (Source: https://www.ice.gov/sevis) The process to secure this SEVP certification took over 12 months to complete, required significant documentation, and included an on-site visit to the Houston campus. Listed among key areas that investigators assessed during the vetting process were the availability of qualified personnel, verification of facilities and equipment for instruction and training, compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements, and ability to deliver educational programs that meet a professional, academic, or vocational objective. (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (July 17, 2019) – United Airlines has become one of the newest sponsors of a classroom at the Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology. One of several Houston area employers focused on developing and recruiting skilled workers, United Airlines initiated a collaborative relationship with faculty and staff of MIAT in Houston in 2015 when the college expanded its aviation maintenance program.
MIAT offers career education and training programs that support the need for skilled workers in high demand fields such as aviation maintenance, energy, industrial manufacturing, wind power, welding, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR).
MIAT College of Technology offers opportunities for Houston area employers to sponsor classrooms at no cost. Terms and conditions apply to MIAT’s classroom sponsorship for the purposes of clarifying the commitment and expectations by and for all parties involved.
“I am extremely thankful for the involvement of United Airlines in our career college and for expanding its relationship with us . By volunteering to become a classroom sponsor this year, United Airlines puts itself in an excellent position to achieve ‘top of mind’ recognition from our students. Like other classroom sponsors on our campus, United Airlines is hoping to be viewed as a future employer of choice when our students graduate from our program,” explained John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president. (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (June 27, 2019) – The Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology is expanding to accommodate its growth in student enrollment by negotiating a 10-year lease agreement for 16,000 additional square feet adjacent to its current location at 533 Northpark Central Drive in Houston. The expanded MIAT Houston campus will cover 56,400 square feet and will include additional lab space and six more classrooms, bringing the total number of classrooms to 15.
The facility that MIAT occupies is located within Prologis Park North. MIAT is in the process of selecting a contractor and anticipates that the build-out of the additional space will be completed by Sept. 1, 2019.
MIAT offers programs that support the need for skilled workers in high demand fields such as aviation maintenance, energy, industrial manufacturing, wind power, welding, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR).
According to MIAT’s Houston campus president John Willis, student enrollment has increased almost 10 times in the past four years – from 45 students in 2015 to approximately 425 this year. (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (April 23, 2019) — The Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology is playing a strategic role in addressing the growing demand for qualified welders and other skilled workers. MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus President John Willis deemed National Welding Month this April an appropriate time to explain how his faculty and staff are accommodating students and employers in the Gulf Coast Region, throughout the nation, and the rest of the world.
MIAT launched 3-month, 7-month and 9-month welding programs at its Houston campus last summer. Due to the popularity of the Welding Technology program, the Houston campus has already increased its capacity to accommodate more students by installing 29 welding booths equipped with state-of-the-art instruction and adding more morning and evening classes.
“Enrollment in MIAT’s Welding Technology at our Houston Campus is steadily rising. We are extremely pleased to be in this enviable position to be adding more welding booths and more classes,” Willis commented. “Welding has a huge impact on virtually every aspect of daily life that many of us unwittingly take for granted. Welders play a key role in making the world a better, safer place by assisting in the manufacture and assembly of personal and commercial vehicles and aircraft, constructing hospitals and schools, and erecting bridges and overpasses – structures and products that are commonplace in industrialized societies such as ours.” (more…)
HOUSTON, Texas (April 8, 2019) – Nusly Pac and Rich Whiteside have been promoted recently to new roles at MIAT College of Technology’s Houston Campus. Pac serves as the Senior Financial Aid Officer and Veterans Coordinator. Whiteside serves as the Director of Special Projects.
“Everyone associated with MIAT College of Technology is fortunate to have access to the talent and experience that Nusly and Rich bring to their work at our Houston campus. Both are consummate professionals who are deeply committed to serving our students as well as the employers who will hire them upon graduation. They are knowledgeable, approachable, compassionate, and always ready to go the extra mile whenever needed,” commented John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president. (more…)