UAW-Visteon Saline EDTP News for the New Millennium
Joseph A. Dzwonkowski (Joe D.)
Education & Training Coordinator (ETC)

First of all Happy Holidays and thank you for participation and support of EDTP Programs at Saline. Well, here we are headed into our third year of the 21st Century. The world is changing before our eyes. The needs and wants in education and training and work related skills are as well. Changes in the twentieth century were fast, but the 21st century will be even more challenging. We as UAW-Ford/Visteon brothers and sisters are fortunate to have had a new computer with Internet access provided as a benefit. This will assist us in adapting to some of these changes. 
There are many things we can do with a computer. Data pertaining to many employment occupational areas that are in and will be in the most demand over the next ten years and beyond are computer related. Major changes in technology are giving us many opportunities to complete our education through use of the Computer/Internet. I have information. The New UAW-Ford University Online available upon request. This information should have been sent to all UAW-Ford/Visteon members' homes. A CD has been included with the essential details. There are 12 different universities and over 25 various degree programs to choose from within this system. These programs for the most part will be entirely online (Internet). Degrees will range from Associates to Doctors level. Yes I said Doctors. 
We are continuing to work on our UAW-Visteon Saline Computer Science program that many of our UAW Brothers and Sisters have expressed interest in. Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University will be coming in to do an information session on these potential programs.
At this time there are over 50 members that have expressed interest in this Computer Science Degree Program. I am attempting to have a General Information Session in mid December 2001. It will be held in the IN-Plant Training Center. These sessions will probably be 1 - 2 hours and will be aimed at answering any questions you might have about the program, how the program will work or what the program will do for you. Please remember, the program will not work, without your participation. If you really want this program to happen - be sure to attend this session. We may even do registrations at the General Information Session. 
If you haven't signed up for that information session at the Education Fair on 12/5/01 and 12/6/01, you can call me. If I am not in, please leave me your name, phone number, and let me know you are interested in the Computer Science Program/s. I am still working out details for this program. I am still planning on starting this program in January of 2002. We will probably start with a Computer Certification and then head into the program itself. 
If there is a class you would like to attend and you didn't get a chance to sign up at the Education Fair, its not to late. With the ETAP system you can call me and leave your first and last name, the class and section and the last four digits of your Social Security number. I will get you signed up. This is for retirees and active members.
We also have a new ETAP form for off-site classes. This application will be available on the Internet at www.uawford.npc. It can be typed up on the computer and then printed. Please follow directions on the application and mail to the supplied address. 
Please feel free to call me at 734-429-6959 If I am on another line or away from my desk leave me a voice message and a phone number or email me at, I will get back with you as soon as I can.