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The Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) is a $4 million American Apprenticeship Initiative grant recipient tasked with expanding local apprenticeship through statewide innovation. AMCAI covers 13 counties in Southeast 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 (WIN), AMCAI is comprised of four Southeast Michigan community colleges—Henry Ford College (HFC), Oakland Community College (OCC), Schoolcraft College, and St. Clair County Community College (SC4)—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 the high-demand, new-age automotive and transportation sectors of the advanced manufacturing industry. AMCAI will serve 853 individuals, both new and incumbent workers, with 28% of participants being of underrepresented populations.


Drawing from innovation of past and current projects such as the DOL TAACCCCT grant 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

  • Agile content: flexible, accelerated curriculum in ITS-relevant 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 programming that incentivizes employers and apprentices to undertake apprenticeship
  • Elimination of cost barriers to improve access for under-represented populations and engagement of smaller employers
  • Readiness: pre-apprenticeship and other supports, and contextualized pre-skills to help nontraditional and other populations succeed
  • Comprehensive wrap-around services: under-represented populations are supported in apprenticeship from entry through completion
  • Career pathways, including credentialed training and articulation, to promote apprentice advancement and program completion
  • Dissemination and adoption of exemplary practices, including creative learning communities and resource repositories
  • Support of partners: technical assistance and administrative coordination

Apprenticeships can be found in all industries, from traditional sectors like Construction and Manufacturing, to emerging sectors like Energy and Health Care. Here is a list of all available occupations in Registered Apprenticeship:

MEATA 2017 Spring Conference

The Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association (MEATA) is hosting the 2017 Spring Conference from Monday, May 22 to Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This must-attend annual conference for anyone involved in the development and delivery of U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeship programs in the state of Michigan. To learn more about the conference, register to attend, hotel accommodation information, and more, please click here. You can learn more about MEATA by visiting

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For more information, please contact the AMCAI Grant Administration:

Scott Jedele

AMCAI Program Manager

Callan Eschenburg

AMCAI Assistant Program Manager




Heather Keller

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Henry Ford College


Janene Erne

Director of Technology Programs and Apprenticeship
Oakland Community College


Pamela Linton

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Schoolcraft College


Shannon Cruickshank

Apprenticeship Coordinator
St. Clair County Community College

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Catherine Wilhm

Associate Dean, Technical Careers Division
Lansing Community College


Shawn Troy

Dean of Occupational Studies
Mid Michigan Community College


Tina Matz

Director of Workforce Training
Jackson College

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Macomb Community College

Warren, MI

 Macomb Community College was awarded a $3.9 million grant to fund Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+). The project will target apprenticeship pathways in IT and manufacturing occupations. MAP+ will register a new apprenticeship in Digital Sculpting, an area with growing hiring needs in the auto industry, and will work with Federal Financial Aid and the United Auto Workers to find innovative ways to leverage funding to create more apprenticeship opportunities. The program will serve 600 apprentices, in the two largest metropolitan areas of Michigan. Employer partners include Atlas Tool, Formtech and Autocam Precision Components Group.

Vikki Gordon
Apprenticeship Coordinator
Macomb Community College

Focus: HOPE

Detroit, MI

 Focus: HOPE was awarded a $3 million grant to fund the Focus: HOPE American Apprenticeship Program. Focus: HOPE has over three decades experience providing the residents of Detroit with gateway skills to seek better employment. The funds will be utilized to register four new apprenticeship programs, expand three existing programs and promote career pathways through education during apprenticeship. The program will serve 300 apprentices in targeted occupations in the Advanced Manufacturing and IT industries in the State of MI.

Kevin Green
Apprenticeship Manager

UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation

Cerritos, CA

UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation was awarded a $5 million grant to fund the UAW American Apprenticeship Initiative Program. The grant will used for the development of new registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs and for modification of existing programs. A number of underserved workers will be assisted, including 500 job seekers and 975 incumbent workers in high skilled occupations within the Advanced Manufacturing Industry.

Bill Peterson
Operations Director