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Manufacturing Technology Academy

Founded in 1996, MTA is a national and state award-winning STEM academy, that guides students through active learning in high-level academic studies, engineering problem-solving, and team projects that stimulate the mind, rewards creativity and excites the competitive spirit. Students apply for admission into the program.


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MTA is an award-winning program for high school juniors and seniors that integrates courses in science, mathematics, economics, and English around the themes of technology, robotics, manufacturing and engineering. Class is held 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday to engage in rigorous coursework with engineering and manufacturing laboratory applications of academic content, integration of workplace and interpersonal skills, and a positive student culture that values intellect.

Students earn a total of 8.5 high school credits through this two-year program that provides a rigorous and relevant curriculum that meets or exceeds the Michigan Department of Education graduation requirements. MTA Curriculum Overview

How to apply to MTA:

  1. Start by visiting MTA during a scheduled Parent/Student Night.
  2. Complete an APPLICATION PACKET  and submit it to Tim Wheatley, 3035 Nawakwa Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686 or via email twheatley@tbaisd.org  by August 1, 2020.
  3. Interviews will be scheduled.
  4. Letters announcing enrollment status will be issued in August.

For more information contact Tim Wheatley at 231.922.7846

CORE SKILLS

  • Engineering processes
  • Work ethic
  • Advanced science and mathematics
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Robotics
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Lean manufacturing principles

FUTURE CAREER OPTIONS

  • Engineering - all disciplines
  • Alternative energy
  • Biochemistry
  • Engineering technology
  • Environmental science
  • Medical
  • Business/marketing/logistics
  • Materials science
  • Military
  • Mathematics
   

CERTIFICATIONS and ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • English  credit (1.0 per year)
  • OSHA basic training
  • Science credit (1.0 per year)
  • PASSES EDGE workplace safety certificate
  • Mathematics credit (1.0 per year)
  • Postsecondary articulated credit
  • Technology credit (1.0 per year)
  • Early college eligibility
  • Economics (0.5 credit)
 

SETTING STUDENTS UP FOR SUCCESS

Students engage in active learning through advanced academic studies, project management, robotics competitions, job shadows, workplace experience, field trips, and building relationships with adult mentors as they establish relevant connections to various STEM careers.

LEADERSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

National competitions and leadership opportunities occur through National Robotics Competitions, National Technical Honor Society and student council.

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Manufacturing Technology Academy Mission Statement:

To provide a learning environment which motivates and enables students to acquire world-class manufacturing and engineering skills while positioning them to compete and excel in the global market.