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Applications for 2017 are now being accepted!  (MSMETeacherApplication2017.docx) You don't want to miss out on this unique education and experience! 

This Program is designed to bring Modern Manufacturing Businesses and Middle School and High School Educators together in a new and exciting internship program.

For Businesses

Your involvement with this program will affect our next generation of employees. You have an opportunity to impact tomorrow's employees today!

For Teachers

You are provided an opportunity to gain new knowledge and insights to bring into your classroom.

When: May 2017 through December 2017

Program History

Faculty from the Science Division of Delta College identified the need to have teachers gain more insights into the modern manufacturing environment in light of so many changes being made in this industry during the past 10 - 20 years. As a result of this identified need, a proposal was written and accepted by The Dow Chemical Company and The Delta College Foundation Office. In the first year of implementation, Delta College faculty members, Brian Aldrich and Ronald Schlaack, teamed up with a Great Lakes Bay Region middle school teacher, Heather Brey, from E F Rittmueller Middle School to develop the summer 2014 program and as a result, ten teachers participated in the 2014 and 2015 program.  For 2017, the goal is to have up to 20 Great Lakes Bay Region middle school and high school science and math teachers participate in this program which will bring new knowledge and insights into the classroom beginning in the fall of 2017.

Program Description

A modern manufacturing work experience designed and administered in partnership with Delta College and local businesses for Great Lakes Bay Region middle school and high school science and math teachers.

The teacher will be scheduled to participate in a two-week internship program at an assigned local business followed by attendance at a two-credit course at Delta College with other middle school and high school teachers. The tentative plan for the program is as follows:




1) Delta College Orientation & Course EDU 214 - MSME

Introduction to overall program and preparation for internship – One two-hour evening session in May 17, 2017 

Delta College Main Campus

2) Six-Eight Days Internship

Scheduled with the business between June 2017 & August 2017

Identified Business Location

3) Experience Sharing and Lesson Development

Monday, August 14, 2017, and Thursday, August 17 2017, 8 am-5 pm (8 hours each day on campus)

Delta College Main Campus

4) Online Discussion/Lesson Refinement

August-November 2017 (8 hours)


5) A Program Leader co-teaches one lesson plan with each teacher -- Lesson Implementation

Fall 2017 (Day & times to be scheduled individually with teacher)

Teacher’s Classroom

6) Lesson Sharing/Wrap up to EDU 214

Early December (Date and time to be determined – 4 hours on campus)

Delta College Main Campus

7) Recognition Ceremony

January 4, 2018

Delta College    

Business Purpose

You will provide local middle school and high school teachers the opportunity to learn what you do, on-site, in your own facility by providing a two week internship (approximately 64 hours).  This provides you an excellent opportunity to help impact classroom instruction for the middle schools and high schools by allowing teachers to be a part of your work environment which will help them develop engaging curriculum, bring learning to life, and encourage students to consider a career in manufacturing. (Business Brochure.pdf)

Educator's Purpose

To experience the world of modern manufacturing.  You will go on-site to learn what the business does and how they do it. The goal is for you to share your personal observations with your students, develop a new and engaging modern manufacturing curriculum unit and encourage students to consider careers in manufacturing. (Educator's Brochure.pdf)

Application Process

The Application Deadline for teachers is May 4, 2017.  Please apply now! 

Cost to the Teacher

There is no cost for the teacher except for travel and food. 

Benefit to the Teacher

  • A grant in the amount of $800 following completion of a two-week internship program.
  • Two credits after successful completion of a college-level course, EDU 214, Modern Manufacturing Processes.
  • Several lessons or projects to meet the State of Michigan science curriculum objectives. 
  • One day of teaching in your classroom with a Delta College faculty member during the Fall 2016 semester.


Funding for this program is made possible through the generosity of The Dow Chemical Company, The Delta College Foundation and other local businesses.

Program Leaders

Brian Aldrich
Delta Faculty, Science Division

Audra Swarthout
Delta Faculty, Science Division

Heather Brey
Faculty, E F Rittmueller Middle School


You may direct any questions related to this Program to or by calling 989-686-9245. 

Participating Businesses


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