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 will complete their program at the end of this semester – Fall 2014.
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 is the newest and largest cohort. Beginning with 21 students in Fall 2014, the degree will be completed in Summer 2016.
Companies participating with AMP since its inception in Fall 2012 are: Alliance CNC, Anderson Global, Autocam, DeWys Manufacturing, Herman Miller, Paragon Die and Engineering, Padnos, Rapid-Line, RoMan Manufacturing, Transmatic, Wolverine Coil Spring, and Woodward.