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State Recognizes MIOSHA Training Institute Graduates at the Michigan Safety Conference

Contact: Andrea Miller 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

May 1, 2014 - On April 16, 2014, Director Martha Yoder and Deputy Director Bart Pickelman of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) along with Macomb Community College recognized 39 graduates of the MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) at the 84th annual Michigan Safety Conference in Lansing. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“The MTI offers participants the necessary knowledge and hands-on training for safety and health solutions and has quickly become the premier provider of high-quality workplace safety and health training,” said Pickelman. “Providing a safe and healthy work environment is the right thing to do and it’s a sound business decision. For every $1 invested in workplace safety and health, employers see a return of $4 to $6 dollars. That makes MTI training an excellent investment for Michigan employers.”

MIOSHA and Macomb Community College established a formal alliance on September 26, 2005. The Alliance included ways to develop new opportunities to help protect the safety and health of Michigan workers and to establish the MTI to offer employers a high level of safety and health training. The MTI continues to grow. There were 917 participants trained in April 2008 to almost 17,000 participants trained in 2013. In Fiscal Year 2013 the MTI offered 182 courses statewide at 30 cosponsored locations. There have been 707 MTI students that have qualified for Level One certificates and 133 have qualified for Level Two certificates. Seventeen students have also received an Occupational Health certificate. Of the 857 certificates awarded, between 7 and 10% are dual or triple certificates.

Graduates who participated in the ceremony at the conference included:

David J. Asselin, Sr. of Avoca
Employer:  DTE Energy

Tom Branham of Lincoln Park
Employer: Double Eagle Steel Coatings Co.

Karlie Christy of Grand Ledge
Employer:  Cintas Corporation

Jason Cousino of Newport 
Employer:  DTE Energy

Keith Farr of Gibraltar
Employer:  E&E Manufacturing

Dan Giovannangeli of Troy
Employer:  Hoyt Brum & Link

Keith Hartman of Charlotte
MTI Student-Safety Professional

Laura Hughes of Chelsea

MTI Student-Safety Professional

Cathryn Kuzdal of Livonia
Employer:  ATW Automation, Inc.

Heidi Lyttle of Hastings
Employer:  State of Michigan/MIOSHA

Heather Monaghan of Eaton Rapids
Employer:  Symmetry Medical

Patrick Morrison of Birch Run
Employer: Agrium Advanced Technologies

Matthew Olsen of Greenville
Employer:  Mersen USA

Don Schroeder of Brooklyn
Employer: Wimsett Building Materials Direct

Jamie Sleight of Charlotte
Employer:  Michigan Packaging Co.

Robert Smith of Hesperia
Employer:  Hearthside Foods

Elizabeth Stiffler of Williamston
Employer: Regal Recycling Inc.

Am Vail of Cadillac
Employer:  City of Cadillac

John Van Hosen of Grand Ledge
Employer: State of MI/Civil Service Commission

Jesse Willoughby of Alma
Employer:  Merrill Technologies

Sean Bergman of Dearborn Heights
Employer:  LiquiForce

Daniel Carpenter of Kalamazoo
Employer:  DENSO

Tianna Cook of Detroit
Employer: O’Brien Construction

Sharon Darby of Saranac
Employer:  Cascade Engineering

Erin Fitch of Dundee
Employer:  DTE Energy

Laura Goodwin of Howell
Employer:  Excelda

Phil Hedden of Saginaw
Employer:  Hausbeck Pickle Co.

Kathleen Kiss of Hamilton
Employer:  Hamilton Farm Bureau Co-Op

Jason LaFramboise of Residence City
Employer Mersen USA

Raymond Miles of Ypsilanti
Employer:  E&E Manufacturing

Michael Morin of Cadillac
Employer:  Borg Warner Thermal Systems

Derek Mrowczynski of St. Clair Shores
Employer:  Weldaloy Products

Ron Ringelka of Caledonia
Employer:  State of Michigan/MIOSHA

Michael Schultz of Sanford
Employer:  U.S. Huhtamaki

Christopher Smith of Wyoming
Employer:  Lamar Construction

Gregory St. John, Jr. of Brownstown
Employer:  DTE Energy

Daniel Suttorp of Walker
Employer:  Knape & Vogt

Jodi Van Guilder of Olivet
Employer:  21st Century Plastics

Tony Van Wye of Whitehall
Employer:  Sun Chemical

The MTI delivers affordable, participant-driven and informative seminars based on the most up-to-date industry standards in a hands-on, interactive environment. Students attend a series of courses that will help them develop the knowledge and skills to improve their company’s safety and health system. MTI classes, taught entirely by MIOSHA CET consultants, are consistent throughout the State, and have the same length, format, resources, activities, objectives and assessment.

Macomb Community College’s Public Service Institute (PSI)administers the MTI. The PSI educates students and working professionals for positions of responsibility and leadership in public service that includes police, fire, emergency medical services, and industrial health and safety training. Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to more than 50,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.

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