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Career Academies

Career Academies

Academies Offered

Career Academies are skill-focused, employer-driven training programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs in growing and diversifying industries.

Candidates must be selected to take part in Career Academy programming. The selection process is based on each industry’s specific requirements for employment. Applicants must successfully complete an application, pass prerequisite testing, interview, and meet applicable physical requirements to take part in the training.

Job Outlook

Because the Career Academies at Kalamazoo Valley Community College are developed in cooperation with industry leaders, participants are prepared for new and emerging careers. Area employers are consulted before academies are launched to ensure that our students are ready for placement in existing jobs. Job prospects for people in the fields of human service and skilled trades are expected to continue to rise.

Average Salaries

  • Wind Turbine Technician: $45,000**
  • Police Officer: $53,800*
  • Patient Care Assistant: $24,400*
  • CNC Operator: $32,950*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

** Graduate placement data, not including overtime