The Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) is a $4 million American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant recipient tasked with expanding DOL registered apprenticeships through statewide innovation.

Led by the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN), AMCAI is comprised of seven southeast Michigan community colleges—Henry Ford College, Jackson College, Lansing Community College, Mid-Michigan College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, and St. Clair County Community College—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 is focused 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.

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

For more information about WIN (one of the organizations overseeing the AMCAI initiative), please visit WINintelligence.org.