Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium

Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium

The Power of Collaboration!

With the lack of qualified candidates to fill entry-level, technician-level and engineering job openings in Southwest Michigan, the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium (AMCC) formed in 2011. Today, 158 local manufacturing companies and 17 service provider organizations are invited to meet quarterly to discuss and develop innovative and integrated strategies to address this crucial issue, including on-the-job training, apprenticeships, career advancement, and payment of education.

The consortium focuses on three strategic areas to address the skilled labor shortage:

AMCC Members

If your company would like to be a part of this regional effort to recruit, screen and train the future advanced manufacturing workforce, contact Kate Miller, Director - Corporate Training, via email at , or via phone at 269.353.1257.

Current & Ongoing Initiatives

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.


MAT2 — the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program — is an innovative, industry-driven approach to education. Developed in conjunction with global industry technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce, MAT2 addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing and technology industries: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. This initiative functions similar to an apprenticeship program, where students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences for them to become a successful and productive member of the workforce. For additional information or assistance, contact Diane Finch, KVCC Career Liaison, by email or by phone at 269.488.4603.

Highlights of the program include:

  • A dual education system
  • Internationally Benchmarked
  • Credentials upon graduation
  • Statewide system (standard processes, curriculum and learning outcomes)
  • Collaboration between industry and educators
  • Companies employ students during school periods
  • Can incorporate any profession
  • Low barriers to education (full tuition coverage)
  • Social Responsibility combined with an industry focused approach


Governor Rick Snyder - $50 Million Grant Will Help Community Colleges Boost Skilled Trades Instruction
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Awarded $4,753,682!
February 24, 2015 - Lansing, MI

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