Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association

2019 Eligibility Guidelines

Andrew Mueller
Andrew Mueller, affiliated with BGT Aerospace in Bay City. He is currently attending Delta College pursuing an Advanced CNC certificate.

"I was born and raised in Saginaw County. After high school, I attended Delta college for chemistry then accounting and ultimately dropped out because of poor grades and lack of interest. Since then I have worked in various roles at SCE, Baycast and Nexteer. I wanted to become the guy running the machine, not just the general helper. I decided to give school another try, but through something more hands on. I also wanted to diversify my skill set to become more attractive to employers and be able to take care of my family even if times get tough. I signed up for the advanced CNC certificate and started taking classes last fall. Since then, my schooling helped me get a machinist job at a Bay City startup company as their first employee. BGT Aerospace hired me in March and encouraged me to take as many classes as I want while working. I didn't expect to get machinist job this early in my schooling, but I'm excited to keep learning and see how productive I can become. I will complete the advanced CNC certificate after the 2020 Winter semester."

Kurt Booms
Affiliated with Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw. He is currently pursuing a degree from Delta College in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He will soon be graduating and continuing education at Michigan Technological University. 

"I moved to the Saginaw Bay Region 3 years ago. I had started my education at Delta College prior to moving but due to financial and time constraints, I was not making sufficient progress in my education. Upon moving to the region, I was working at a simple job, not making any money. I decided there had to be something better. I started to research into a manufacturing position due to the nature of my education. Upon looking at Nexteer Automotive I noticed there was a Co-Op opportunity available. I went through the process of Delta’s ACE Co-Op office and landed a position at Nexteer Automotive as a Co-Op Product Engineer. Working through my degree classes coupled with my position at Nexteer Automotive, I learned beyond the classroom. I plan on continuing my education at Michigan Technological University. I am slated to start the Fall of 2018. I hope to return to the Bay Region after graduating and working within a GLBMA partner."

The Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association is proud to offer several scholarships.  We offer a scholarship through Delta College specific for the trades programs, you must apply directly through the Delta College website for this opportunity.  Check back this fall for more details.                              

2018 Scholarship Winners

Seth Verzinski
Will graduate from Heritage High School in May 2018. He will be pursuing a degree in Technology at Delta College in the fall. He is currently employed at R&S Cutter Grind.

Seth was born and raised in the Saginaw area.  He enjoyed playing hockey throughout school.  He also volunteers with the Greater Saginaw Area Hockey Association serving as an skate instructor, coach and game official.

Seth will graduate from Heritage High School with several awards for machine technology.  Participating in the 88th Annual MITES Professional Development Conference & Student Project Competition with a 1st Place at the Regional District 11 and 2nd Place at States.  He has participated at the Delta College Student Technical Solutions Competitions for two years and Skills USA where he placed 5th in Precision Machine Technology.

We would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to the following scholarship winners: