"Getting to Work" with Northland CAPS at LMV | American Graduate


“Robots may be taking over the world, but there’s got to be someone who builds them,” Meg Reinhardt says. 

And, thanks to on-the-job training she began in high school, Reinhardt plans to be one of the people who keep those robots going. Think you need a four-year college degree for that? Well, think again. 

Reinhardt, 19, is working toward an industrial maintenance certificate through an internship with LMV Automotive Systems in Liberty, Missouri. LMV is a division of Magna International, a global automotive supplier. The company launched its Liberty training center three years ago. 

She began working with LMV as part of the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies, which serves students in several school districts. 

LMV began working with Northland CAPS because it wanted a skilled workforce closer to home, said General Manager Chris Hinman. The partnership has worked; no more does LMV have to search far and wide for qualified employees. 

“You can see a (local) 19-year-old kid performing work that we would go out of the country to get people to perform,” Hinman said.

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