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The Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) has been building apprenticeships in Southeast, Michigan since 2015. In 2020, a $4 million Closing The Skills Gap grant was awarded to Oakland Community College and managed by the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) as This U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) grant aims to increase apprenticeships for Advanced Manufacturing in Southeast, Michigan from 2020-2024. To access no cost apprenticeship tools and resources for employers and career seekers visit

Partners include eight Community Colleges; Henry Ford College, Macomb Community College, Mott Community College, Monroe County Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, Washtenaw Community College, and Wayne County Community College District. Along with six Michigan Works! Agencies which include Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, GST Michigan Works!, Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, Oakland County Michigan Works!, Michigan Works! Southeast, and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance.

During the summer of 2022, WIN was awarded the Apprenticeship Building America grant to continue the AMCAI work and begin building the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Academy. This grant helps the WIN network of community colleges and Michigan Works! agencies, in southeast Michigan, to grow and expand apprenticeships hubs for traditional and non-traditional industry sectors, such as Healthcare, Government, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.

Partners include six Michigan Works! Agencies; Capital Area Michigan Works!, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, Oakland County Michigan Works!, Michigan Works! Southeast, and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance. Along with six Community Colleges partners which include; Henry Ford College, Macomb Community College, Monroe County Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, and Washtenaw Community College.

WIN & It’s stakeholder Partners Are Leading The Way To Build, Grow & Expand Apprenticeships in Michigan

In 2022, the USDOL announced the inaugural cohort of Apprenticeship Ambassadors including:

  • WIN Regional Apprenticeship Administrator, Janene Erne
  • Washtenaw Community College Manager of Experiential Learning and Employer Relations, Kyrsten Rue
  • GST Michigan Works! Apprenticeship Manager, Wanda Bigelow
  • CEO Burke Architectural Millwork, Kelly Victor-Burke
  • And nine other Michigan officials and organizations.

The chosen ambassadors will share their experiences and collaborate with the USDOL to champion apprenticeship opportunities. For additional information click here. 

Expanding from Past Initiatives and Achievements

Previous apprenticeship work revolved around a WIN managed $4 million American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant to expand regional apprenticeship through statewide innovation. This covered 37 counties throughout lower Michigan and promoted the overall goal of expanding and enhancing Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeships.

Led by the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and WIN, AMCAI was 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, workforce and economic development partners, which focused 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 healthcare and information technology. AMCAI served over 2,229 individuals, both new and incumbent workers, by 2020, with approximately 92% of participants being of underrepresented populations.

Drawing from the 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 continues 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:

  • Formation of a Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Chapter in southeast Michigan
  • 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 a 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, please contact the AMCAI Grant Administration:

Michele Economou Ureste

Executive Director

Janene Erne

Regional Apprenticeship Administrator

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.


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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