HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CantonMichigan–The Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology is expanding to accommodate its growth in student enrollment by negotiating a 10-year lease agreement for 16,000 additional square feet adjacent to its current location at 533 Northpark Central Drive in Houston. The expanded MIAT Houston campus will cover 56,400 square feet and will include additional lab space and six more classrooms, bringing the total number of classrooms to 15.
The facility that MIAT occupies is located within Prologis Park North. MIAT is in the process of selecting a contractor and anticipates that the build-out of the additional space will be completed by Sept. 1, 2019.
MIAT offers programs that support the need for skilled workers in high demand fields such as aviation maintenance, energy, industrial manufacturing, wind power, welding, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR).
According to MIAT’s Houston campus president John Willis, student enrollment has increased almost 10 times in the past four years – from 45 students in 2015 to approximately 425 this year.
“MIAT was founded in the Detroit metro area 50 years ago, and our Houston school opened in 2010. Our student population in Houston is rising for many reasons: we offer both day and night classes, which is perfect for our students who are working full-time or part-time jobs; we employ instructors who have extensive industry experience; and our programs match the specific needs of employers, which makes our graduates workplace-ready in a relatively short period of time. We are supporting students of all ages and at stages of their life and career development such as high school graduates, career changers, U.S. military veterans, personnel affiliated with government agencies, and employers who are looking to MIAT to deliver continuing career education and workforce development for their team members. Our certificate and associate degree programs range from 3 months to 24 months in duration, which is a huge bonus for those who want an alternative to a traditional four-year degree track,” Willis explained.
Chris Kugle and John Ferruzzo, partners with NAI Partners, worked closely with MIAT College of Technology Houston campus leadership in securing the new lease agreement in the same facility that the school has been occupying since 2014. Cushman and Wakefield represented landlord Prologis in this transaction.
“MIAT and NAI were considering other facilities in the same industrial park; however, when a tenant vacated the adjacent space, we saw an opportunity for an easier, more cost-effective transition. Knocking out a few walls and remodeling is much more convenient and less expensive than a move that is as close as a block or two away,” commented Kugle.
About MIAT College of Technology
MIAT College of Technology was founded in Michigan in 1969 and has built a strong reputation and effective, mutually beneficial working relationships with leading employers throughout the United States. MIAT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
With 50 years of vocational and technical education experience, MIAT serves several hundred students at its 125,000 square-foot headquarters facility in Canton near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and its 40,400 square-foot campus in Houston near the Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston campus, which opened in 2010, is approved to accept international students and is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Both campuses offer admissions guidance, career services, financial services, housing assistance, and a Learning Resource Center, and are approved for Federal Military and Veterans Education Benefits (VA).
With the support of highly qualified and actively engaged faculty and staff, MIAT College of Technology has graduated thousands of students since its inception. MIAT equips its students with the industry-relevant skills, experience, relationships and connections to employers that it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers.
MIAT develops its programs and curricula in direct response to feedback and input from industry leaders who are seeking qualified employees. The school collaborates with its employer partners to tailor its programs to address the highest needs and priorities of the end users in the industries that they exist to serve. MIAT graduates gain the confidence and extensive preparation that facilitate a smooth transition into the workplace through their industry-influenced, practical training.
MIAT also offers customized industry-specific training for strategic employment partners locally and nationally, which include the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Siemens, Marathon Oil, DTE, and many others. The Canton campus offers Career and Technical Education programs with numerous local high schools, and the Houston campus also offers a co-op program via the Houston Independent School District at Sterling High School near Hobby Airport.
In addition to Aviation Maintenance Technology, MIAT offers programs full-time in Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR), Energy, and Wind Power. The school’s curriculum for the Aviation Maintenance Technology Associate in Applied Science degree and Airframe and Powerplant Technician certificate is approved by the FAA under CFR Part 147. MIAT is now also offering programs in Welding at its Houston campus and for Electro-Mechanical Technology at its Canton campus.
For more information, please visit www.miat.edu or call the Canton campus at 800-447-1310 or the Houston campus at 888-547-7047. Tours at each campus are welcome and available by appointment.
About NAI Partners
NAI Partners was founded and is headquartered in Houston and has offices in San Antonio and Austin. NAI Partners is the 5th-largest Houston-Area Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, the #1 Mover of Square Feet among leasing and sales brokerages, the largest independently owned and among the largest owner-operated commercial real estate firms in Houston, Texas, per The Houston Business Journal. See www.naipartners.com for more information.
Laura M. Pennino, Senior PR Consultant for MIAT College of Technology
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