Industrial Arts Institute (IAI), a division of Moran Iron Works (MIW), is honored to announce the key note speaker for the 6th Cohort of students of the Comprehensive Industrial Welding Course CIW 100, Construction – Cohort 1 and Basic Welding Summer Series, Mr. Jim Rummer, Regional Director of Career and Technical Education at Charlevoix-Emmet County Intermediate School District.

Mr. Rummer has served as an educator in Northern Michigan for over 21 years.  During this time, he spent 11 years working for Petoskey Public Schools as a 6th grade math/science teacher, High School Dean of Students, and High School Vice-Principal.  He was then hired by the Charlevoix-Emmet County Intermediate School District, and for the next 2 years served as a K-12 Principal for a self-contained school for learners with severe emotional impairments.  Jim was then promoted to Central Office, where he has served for the past 9 years as the Regional Director of Career and Technical Education. In addition to his work in the K-12 sector, over the past 10 years he has taught as an adjunct instructor for Grand Valley State University in the Educational Leadership Master’s Program.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak to the graduates and I consider it a compliment to be asked by IAI”, states Mr. Rummer.  “It’s a fantastic program and I am impressed with the impact IAI is making on the occupational/vocational student offerings in Michigan”.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University. He earned a Master’s and Educational Specialists Degrees in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.  In his personal and professional life, Jim proudly serves on number our boards and committees; volunteers his time as a Lions Club Member and Kiwanian; and is the President of the Tip of the Mitt Quality Deer Management Association Branch. He prides himself in being a decisive decision maker that always tries to advocate for KIDS first and foremost. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors for the Industrial Arts Institute. When he is not working, Jim loves spending time with his wife Haley and eight year old daughter Bryleigh.

Marilyn Kapp Moran, President of the Board of Directors for IAI imparts, “Jim has added a new level of expertise to the Board of Directors. His knowledge and passion for skilled trades and students is infectious.  We are honored to have him on our team”.

The Industrial Arts Institute graduation ceremony is Friday, August 12, 2016 at 3:30pm at the school. The public is welcome to attend. Classes are now forming for the fall.