Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP)

Applications for Fall 2016 are currently being accepted!

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) program is a collaboration between West Michigan manufacturers, students, MiWorks! Region 4 and Grand Rapids Community College to address the talent shortage the region is experiencing. Companies provide a full-ride scholarship for students to obtain an Associate Degree while working for the sponsoring company. The first AMP cohort began in Fall 2012 with 15 students; this cohort completed their program at the end of the fall 2014 semester.  Since then there have been three additional cohorts in Fall 2013, Fall 2014, and Fall 2015 that have begun.  Currently we are working on the Fall 2016 cohort.

This partnership is unique in that the curriculum and schedule is determined by the participating companies and Grand Rapids Community College. All of the AMP “classes” are run in a cohort fashion with classes scheduled and reserved specifically for the AMP students. The school schedule is determined by a planning team of participating companies before the start of each cohort.

Grand Rapids Community College currently has three AMP cohorts with a fourth one being planned!

  • AMP I began in Fall 2012 with 15 students with a graduation in December 2014.
  • AMP II began in Fall 2013 with 9 students and will complete their degree in December 2015.
  • AMP III began in Fall 2014 with 21 students, the degree will be completed in Summer 2016.
  • AMP IV began this year, Fall 2015 with 13 students.
  • Our newest AMP group will begin in Fall 2016.

Companies that have previously or currently participating with AMP are:  Alliance CNC, Anderson Global, Autocam Medical, DeWys Manufacturing, Herman Miller, NN Inc., Paragon Die and Engineering, Padnos, Rapid-Line, RoMan Manufacturing, Steelcase, Transmatic, Wolverine Coil Spring and Woodward.

Please contact Nanci Guigue at 616-234-3405  or for information on the AMP program.