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.
Lead 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