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Fast Start™ Training Programs

Delta's Fast Start™ training programs are a great way to gain some valuable skills that local employers are looking for. All programs are accelerated and range from 3.5 to 13 weeks. That means you can get the tools you need to start working faster.

Funding support for training costs may be available for those who qualify. Individuals are encouraged to visit a Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! offices in Bay, Midland or Saginaw to learn more about training options. Qualifications vary based on type of training. All programs require a high school diploma or GED and WorkKeys® testing. 

Diesel Technician Fast Start Students


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Apply now for Delta’s Chemical Process Fast Start  training program! This program will give you the skills you need to be a chemical process operator at Dow.  Over 96% of participants who successfully complete Fast Start receive full time job offers. Starting wage $16.64-$24.97 per hour.

Qualifications for the program include: minimum of 2 years work experience in manufacturing, technical or skilled trades; high school diploma or GED; ability to achieve minimum WorkKeys testing scores. Completed application packets are due July 9.

This is an accelerated training program consisting of 520 hours delivered in approximately 13 weeks. The program is a combination of classroom and hands-on training in Delta’s state-of-the-art chemical processing lab. The class scheduled may vary, but it is planned for Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm (40 hours per week in class plus assignments outside of class). Participants who successfully complete Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™ will also receive 23 academic credits toward their Associates in Applied Science degree in Chemical Process Technology at Delta College. This program is made possible through the collaboration of Dow, Delta College and Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Want to learn more? Attend an information session and meet representatives from Dow Chemical, Delta College and Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

  • 1pm, Tuesday, May 22 – Saginaw – GLB Michigan Works!
  • 1pm, Thursday, May 31 – Midland – GLB Michigan Works!
  • 1pm, Tuesday, June 5 – Saginaw – GLB Michigan Works!
  • 1pm, Thursday, June 12 – Bay City – Wirt Public Library
  • 1pm, Wednesday, June 20 – Saginaw – GLB Michigan Works!
  • 1pm, Tuesday, June 26 – Midland – GLB Michigan Works!
  • 1pm, Thursday, June 28 – Saginaw – GLB Michigan Works!

Training Programs

Spencer Mulder

“The hands on portion of the class is extremely helpful and makes the classroom materials easy to translate to real world experiences. There is no other program in the area that gives you the experience this class does with such a great opportunity for employment.”

Spencer Mulder
Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™ Graduate