Northern Michigan University's Technology and Occupational Sciences Department has formed partnerships with companies, agencies and educational institutions throughout the region in order to provide a variety of educational opportunities.
The electrical line technician program is offered through a partnership with the Lake Superior Community Partnership Foundation. The program began in April of 2003 and continues to grow in popularity among students and industry. In fact, utility companies request that NMU offer this program in order to meet their need for trained line technicians.
The department partners with Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency to provide secondary Career & Technical Education for Marquette and Alger county students in grades 10, 11 and 12. High school seniors who have completed the program are eligible to apply for articulated credit. These credits apply to a variety of programs within the department.
The Jacobetti Complex currently serves as a facility for organized labor training, which includes apprentice training and journeymen upgrade courses. Local union chapters such as Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, Brick Layers and Allied Crafts, Sheet Metal Workers, Iron Workers and Operating Engineers are tenants at Jacobetti Complex. Such tenancy and training is coordinated between NMU's industry and workforce staff and interested business agents, union representatives and managers. These agreements allow for individuals already in the workforce to receive the necessary schooling within a fitting educational environment.
Cliffs Resources, a large mining company in the Upper Peninsula, is involved at the Jacobetti Complex in many ways. It has an exclusive training room reserved year round for corporate training activities with state of the art training delivery systems. It also utilizes a full-time factor testing room which is used for pre and post-testing of new job applicants in the industrial maintenance and industrial electrical fields. Currently, Cliffs is investigating the possibility of beginning a new plant repairman apprentice program at the Jacobetti Complex.