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Have a great employee that you want to support as they develop their trade? Skilled trades programs at Delta are designed in partnership with local industry leaders to provide top-notch training to great employees.

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We'll help you create semi-customized education plans so in the end, your employee gains the skills and knowledge you need them to have for your business, and they learn a trade.

It's likely that we have the trade you're looking for. We have programs in:

  • Electrician
  • Instrumentation
  • Jobbing Molder
  • Machine Builder
  • Machine Repair
  • Mechatronics
  • Millwright
  • Pattern Maker
  • Pipefitter
  • Plumber
  • Stationary Boiler Engineering
  • Tinsmith
  • Tool/Die Maker

How to sponsor a skilled trades apprentice student

What's the first step? Let's talk about your needs and how Delta can help.

  1. Contact the Skilled Trades Office at 989-686-9476 or  to create a Trade Related Instruction Program for your apprentice (employee).
  2. Your employee will complete a Delta College Admissions Application (PDF) and a Skilled Trades Release Form (PDF).
  3. Provide a Company Sponsorship Letter for your employee (apprentice).
  4. Review upcoming schedule of classes and submit a registration authorization form.
      1. Company Pay - Registration Authorization Form (PDF)
      2. Registration Authorization Form - Student Pay (PDF)


Important dates

Fall 2017

Registration begins (both fall 2017 and winter 2018) – April 11
Payment deadline  – July 25
First day of semester – August 26
Holidays: No classes – September 2 – 5, November 22 – 26, 2017
Last day of semester – December 17, 2017 

Winter 2018

Registration begins (both fall 2017 and winter 2018) – April 11
Payment deadline  – December 5, 2017
First day of semester – January 6, 2018
Holidays: No classes – March 5 – 10, April 1, 2018 
Last day of semester – April 27, 2018

Spring 2018

Priority registration begins -  February 13, 2018
Payment deadline - April 3, 2018
First day of semester - May 7, 2018
Holidays: No classes - May 28, July  4 - 8, 2018
Last day of semester - August 16, 2018

  • Students in Electrical lab
    State-of-the-art equipment

    Wide variety of hands-on educational settings that include state-of-the-art equipment. Electrician and mechatronics apprentices train to solve real world problems on programmable logic controllers.


  • Student in Auto lab
    Trade instruction programs

    In cooperation with industry, these programs provide the instruction to strengthen theoretical knowledge in each trade area. The combination of related instruction and on-the-job experience is essential in providing a complete program to train skilled personnel for the trades. Courses are generally offered during the evening.

SUCCESS TIP: Want to get into skilled trades? Consider a pre-apprentice program.

Delta College pre-apprentice programs deliver core skill sets. They demonstrate to a potential employer knowledge, interest and skills to apply for a position as an apprentice tradesman. Contact the Skilled Trades Office for information on the Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice) Electrical and the Skilled Trades (Pre-Apprentice) Mechanical programs. Take some time to make sure you choose the apprenticeship path that is right for you.

"Delta College provides Michigan Sugar Co. with long established skilled trades training programs and has been instrumental in helping us develop and implement new programs to fit the needs of our changing work environment. As the workforce changes, and with the help of Delta College, we have the tools to adapt and succeed."

Jerry Grevel
Apprentice Training Coordinator/Corporate Engineering
Michigan Sugar Company