State Recognizes MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) Graduates at the Michigan Safety Conference

Contact: Melanie Brown 517-373-9280

April 17, 2013 - Today the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and Macomb Community College recognized 31 graduates of the MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) at the 83rd annual Michigan Safety Conference in Grand Rapids. 


MIOSHA Deputy Director, Bart Pickelman, presented 22 Level One, 18 Level Two and 3 Occupational Health certificates to the graduates, several of whom had earned multiple certificates. 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.


"Providing a safe and healthy work environment is the right thing to do and it's a sound business decision", said Pickelman. "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 established a formal alliance on September 26, 2005, to develop new opportunities to help protect the safety and health of Michigan workers.  A key goal of the alliance was to establish the MIOSHA Training Institute to offer employers a high level of safety and health training. MTI launched certificate classes in October 2007 in both General Industry and Construction topics.


The MTI has seen tremendous growth, from 917 participants trained in April, 2008 to more than 13,700 participants trained today. In FY 2012 the MTI offered 188 courses statewide at 30 cosponsors, including Macomb College, M-TEC facilities, community colleges and safety and health organizations. To date 607 MTI students have qualified for Level One certificates and 71 have qualified for Level Two certificates. Eight students have also received an Occupational Health certificate. Of the 686 certificates awarded, 44 are dual or triple certificates.


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 are consistent throughout the state, and have the same length, format, resources, activities, objectives and assessment.


In July 2009, MIOSHA developed an MTI Scholarship Program to help employers, employees and others attend training during these difficult economic times. The scholarships cover half the cost of an MTI class anywhere in the State. To date, MIOSHA has provided more than $200,000 in scholarships.


In 2011-2012 MTI Boot camps were established giving students a chance to obtain Level One certificates after passing all the classes in a compressed eight day schedule. Participants can attend MTI courses at any cosponsored location across the state. All participants who successfully complete a course become part of the MTI database managed by Macomb College. Transcripts are available to all participants. The MTI assessment-based certificate program offers participants an opportunity to be recognized for their educational efforts and increased technical expertise. MTI courses offer a Level One Safety and Health Certificate, with two tracks, General Industry and Construction. MTI courses also offer Continuing Educations Credits and Maintenance Points for various professional certifications.


The MTI started offering advanced training in 2010, and the Level Two Certificate is offered in two areas. The Level Two Safety and Health Management Systems Certificate provides in-depth information on the management of safety and health systems. The Level Two Compliance Certificate provides technical training on MIOSHA standards and offers General Industry or Construction certificate tracks. An Occupational Health certificate was also made available in 2012 for those students completing five Industrial Hygiene/Health courses.


The following MTI certificate holders were recognized at the Michigan Safety Conference:


Russell Brandsen of Portland
Employer: Portland Products
Katie Chapman of Zeeland
Employer: Haworth
Daniel Ciszewski of Brownstown
Employer: L W Engineering Group
Tina Dilley of Bay City

Employer: Bay-Arenac Behavioral Health
Jessica Duckham of Grass Lake
Employer: Mid-America Machining
Joshua Ferris of Lyons 
Employer: Portland Products
Jack George of Oden
Employer: US Yazaki Solutions
Jennifer Houtman of Mancelona
Employer: Trans-Canada
Valerie Johnston of Riverdale
Employer: Hausbeck  
Jason LaFramboise of Howard City
Employer: Mersen USA
Derek Mrowcynski of St. Clair Shores
Employer: Weldaloy Products
Ben Panigot of Berrien Springs 
Employer: Andrews University
Donte Robinson of Hamtramck
Employer: Goodwill Industries
Teresa Schwartz of Farwell
Employer: Renosol Seating/Lear Corporation
Kelsey Stein of Dearborn
Employer: DTE Energy
Michelle Wallis of Coloma
Employer: Andrews University

Hugo Cardenas Jr of Waterford
Employer: Waterford Township
Jason Cousino of Newport
Employer: DTE Energy
Rick Webb of Pontiac
Employer: Universal Tube
Rocky Dowell of Lake Isabella
Employer: AMC Mitsuba
Michael Evanoff of Bay City
Employer: State of Michigan - DNR
Merle Fountain of Detroit
Employer: Goodwill Industries
Keith Hartman of Charlotte
Employer: Specialized Safety
Todd Johnson of South Haven
Employer: Genzink Steel
Dennis Karczynski of Livonia
Employer: Goodwill Industries
Heather Monaghan of Eaton Rapids
Employer: Symmetry Medical Inc.
Matt Olsen of Greenville
Employee: Mersen USA
Malinda Proctor of Ionia
The Tech Group/West Pharmaceutical
Susan Rollins of Grand Haven
Employer: Genzink Steel
Cameron Short of Zeeland
Employer: Genzink Steel
Dan Taritas of Ann Arbor
Employer: US EPA National Vehicle & Fuel



Macomb'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 48,000 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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