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Posted on November 30, 2022

Michelin and Flint Hills Technical College Hold 'Signing Day' for Tech Scholars Students

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Michelin in partnership with Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC) recognized two Tech Scholars students at a collegiate-style “signing day” held yesterday.  

The students, Evan Combs and Eli Foraker, are pursuing degrees in Industrial Engineering Technology through the Michelin Tech Scholars program. They were joined by their families and members of the Michelin Emporia facility leadership team to celebrate their acceptance into the program.  

“Manufacturing today is highly technical and the skills that we need keep evolving,” said Adrienne Burris, facility personnel manager at the Emporia facility. “Through our partnership with schools like FHTC, students can get on-the-job experience at advanced, modern manufacturing sites like ours while pursuing their degree, and we can work directly with students to ensure we’re prepared for the jobs and demands of the future.” 

Building the program
Michelin launched its Tech Scholar program more than 30 years ago. In partnership with local technical colleges, the program introduces high school seniors and graduates pursuing two-year degrees to opportunities available in advanced manufacturing. Students work part-time for Michelin as Michelin employees while attending a technical college. The program reinforces classroom knowledge through on-the-job training, and Michelin offers tech scholars a full scholarship covering tuition, fees and books. Upon graduation, interested and qualified students join Michelin as reactive maintenance technicians, earning salaries comparable to graduates with four-year college degrees.  

Developing the workforce
With more than 22,500 employees in the United States and Canada, and 124,000 globally, Michelin is focused on the workforce of today and tomorrow. Michelin attracts students with hands-on learning experiences through its Tech Scholars program and other high-value internships and cooperative-education opportunities.  

Celebrating recognition as an employer of choice 
Michelin is the most awarded tire brand in the U.S. and has been recognized for achievements in customer satisfaction, performance, durability, technology, innovation. As an employer, Michelin has been named:  

  • #5 overall on Forbes America’s Best Large Employers list, #1 in the automotive industry 

  • Top 50 Employers – Women Engineer Magazine 

  • Top 50 Employer – STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine 

  • Top Employer – Professional Women’s Magazine 

  • Top Employer – Hispanic Network Magazine 

  • Top Veteran-Friendly Companies – U.S. Veterans Magazine 

For more information on how to join one of America’s top employers, visit jobs.michelinman.com

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Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com