Macomb County has a mission to support and grow the workforce of tomorrow in robotics and advanced manufacturing. As part of our “Fueling the Talent Pipeline” initiative, we are supporting K-12 and beyond with STEM programming in technically advanced industries such as robotics and automation. We are not only talking the talk, but walking the walk.
Macomb County, along with the City of Sterling Heights, the Macomb Intermediate School District and Macomb Community College, have partnered and launched the Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center at the Velocity Center on 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. The Center will be fully stocked with robots and other advanced manufacturing equipment where area students can access programs for training and building robots.
To assist with the activities at the center, the county has brought on board Marjie Jenkins as our Macomb Robotics Center Coordinator. Marjie comes to us with 22 years experience in FIRST Robotics Competition(FRC), starting off as a student for a team in Pontiac, and has continued on as a mentor, and a volunteer all these years. Currently, she is the lead mentor of a FRC team, along with being the volunteer coordinator for several district and off-season events, including the event coordinator for the Michigan State Championship. In the big picture, she will help us build out a center where students interested in STEM can learn some cool things and companies in Macomb can connect with potential new interns/employees.
Part of the activity at the center will be to collaborate with mentors from leading skilled trades industries like automotive, aeronautics and defense. It is this connection between the students and the employer that can foster a pathway from high school to career.
If you are a business interested in learning more about the Macomb Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center and want to get involved, please reach out to Marjie Jenkins by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.