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The Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) is a $4 million American Apprenticeship Initiative grant recipient tasked with expanding regional apprenticeship through statewide innovation. AMCAI covers 37 counties throughout lower Michigan and promotes the overall goal of expanding and enhancing Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeships.


Led by the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan, AMCAI is comprised of nine community colleges—Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Lansing Community College, Mid-Michigan Community College, Monroe County Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, and St. Clair County Community College—along with many local and regional corporate and workforce and economic development partners. This partnership of community colleges and other community partners represent AMCAI, which will focus on establishing and expanding apprenticeship programs responsive to the evolving technical needs in high-demand automotive and transportation sectors, along with expanding into non-traditional apprenticeship occupations like in healthcare and information technology. AMCAI will serve 853 individuals, both new and incumbent workers, by October 2020, with 28% of participants being of underrepresented populations.

Drawing from innovation of past and current projects such as the DOL TAACCCCT funded Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC) and the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT2), AMCAI will continue to expand and enhance workforce education and apprenticeship.

The center has identified the following goals and objectives to attain this overall vision of expanding apprenticeship through regional and statewide innovation

  • Regional coordination and partnership with apprenticeship stakeholders
  • Agile content: flexible, the accelerated curriculum in high-demand occupational areas
  • Responsiveness to supply and demand: up-skill current and future workers to meet demand
  • Demonstrable value and clear return on investment for employers
  • Improved capacity for flexible apprenticeship models that provide incentives to employers and apprentices to undertake an apprenticeship
  • Career pathways, including credentialed training and articulation, to promote apprentice advancement and program completion
  • Dissemination and adoption of exemplary practices, including competency-based apprenticeships and apprenticeship intermediaries
  • Regional support: technical assistance and administrative coordination


For more information

Visit AMCAI’s apprenticeship website at


For more information, please contact the AMCAI Grant Administration:

Michele Economou Ureste

Executive Director

Janene Erne

Regional Apprenticeship Administrator



Heather Keller

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Henry Ford College


Tina Matz

Director of Workforce Training
Jackson College

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Kathy H. Smith

Interim Trades Technology Services Administrator and Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Lansing Community College

Chris Stanton

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Mid Michigan Community College
989.773.6622, ext. 147


Apprenticeship Programming
Monroe County Community College

Amy Burns-Bailey

Business & Technical Programs Coordinator
Northwestern Michigan College

Cameron Albring

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Oakland Community College

Pamela Linton

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Schoolcraft College

Michael Shea

Training and Development Coordinator
St. Clair County Community College

Check out AMCAI's Michigan apprenticeship website! provides resources for employers, those considering apprenticeship, and workforce and education partners involved in developing registered apprenticeship programs.


Want to know the ROI of an apprentice?

Check out AMCAI’s ROI calculator to review the ROI of an apprentice for various occupations, or request data for an occupation you are developing an apprenticeship for!

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