Press release: GRCC launches Facility Maintenance Technician training program

Kathy Mullins
Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

April 3, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –National and state labor statistics show job growth in facility and property management, and a new program at Grand Rapids Community College can get you the training you need to enter this field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of openings for facility maintenance technicians is expected to grow at more than 20 percent — much higher than average. A report by Economic Modeling Specialists International — based on figures from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives — shows a growing need for property, real estate, and community association managers, as well as maintenance and repair workers, with 8.3 percent growth projected from 2010 through 2014.

GRCC’s new Facility Maintenance Technician training program is based on the National Apartment Association’s curriculum for Certified Apartment Maintenance Technicians. The GRCC program includes project-based, hands-on lab work and a job-shadow or internship experience with an apartment community or complex.

A partnership with the Property Management Association of West Michigan, a group of local apartment and rental property owners, approached GRCC about offering a program that included the National Apartment Institute Certification Program. GRCC is working with local businesses of all sizes to make sure the qualified talent is here to help organizations grow.

“We are thrilled to offer a program that includes five nationally recognized certifications,” said Julie Parks, Director of Workforce Training at GRCC. “Individuals completing the program will be ready to work.”

“We are happy to have this partnership with PMAM,” said program trainer Steven Ray. “Their members will provide locations for training and internship sites.”

Those successfully completing the course are eligible to take national certification exams for National Apartment Association Education Institute Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician and the Home Building Institute Facilities Maintenance Technician.

Classes start May 6 at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC,622 Godfrey Ave. SW.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.