In 2021, the SEMCA Workforce Intelligence Network was awarded the Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) grant by the state of Michigan Labor and Economic Opportunity, Workforce Development (LEO-WD) for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023 to support short-term training programs of one-day to two-years which leads to an Industry recognized credential and employment.
The Autonomous Career Navigation System (ACNS) partners participating in the State MILEAP program recognize that the skills gap and need for upskilling the workforce have continued to grow since the pandemic. The ACNS mission is to create an Autonomous Career Navigation System from secondary to postsecondary to employment by engaging with employers and participants to deliver certification programs for entry-level occupations for career mobility in any industry sector.
The ACNS project design involves community college, workforce agency and non-profit partners working collaboratively to upskill the unemployed, underemployed, Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed (ALICE) population, COVID-19 essential workers, adults on public assistance, and adults in need of a high school diploma or equivalency for career mobility and delivery of training certification programs for targeted occupations in any industry sector.
Michigan Works! agencies (MWA) will control the flow of funds and training delivery to community colleges, working together to achieve performance outcome objectives. Macomb-St. Clair, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), Monroe Community College, SEMCA, Michigan Works! Southeast, and Jackson College are partnered in this fast-track grant initiative to serve 556 unemployed and underserved participants in the two-year period of performance. DESC has the largest number of participant training outcomes to obtain and will leverage the DESC Detroit at Work which offers certification programs for: Dental Assistant Apprenticeship, Cybersecurity Operations, Networking Engineer, Cybersecurity Specialist, Desktop Support Network Administrator, Project Management Professional with CBAP, Lean or ITIL, Technology Professional 2, CDL-A, MIG Welding, Carpentry & Building Construction, Electrical Wiring Residential, Heating and Cooling, Renewable Energy, Industrial Manufacturing Pathway Training, Welding, CNC Operator Technician, Welding, Controls Technician, Industrial Maintenance Technician, Robot Programmer, Robot Technician, IT Support, Bridges to Career Opportunities (Construction), Contextualized Construction Skilled Trades, CDL-A, HVAC, and Diesel Mechanic. Most of these certification training programs are 7.5 to 16 weeks.