GRCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership hosts open houses



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Jan. 30, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Get your start on a manufacturing career by earning money while learning on the job and getting a college degree without paying for tuition!

So far, 64 full-ride scholarships have been paid for by companies participating in the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, West Michigan manufacturers and MiWorks Region 4.

Students and their families can learn more about this unique program as well as manufacturing career opportunities during AMP open houses next month. The open houses will take place:

  • 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Steelcase’s wood plant, 4100 68th St. SE in Kentwood.
  • 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Herman Miller, 855 E. Main Ave. in Zeeland.

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is unique in that the participating companies work with GRCC to determine the curriculum and schedule. All the AMP “classes” are run in a cohort fashion, with classes scheduled and reserved specifically for students in the program.

“The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is a great opportunity for anyone with mechanical aptitude who’s interested in hands-on learning,” said Amy Koning, associate dean of operations for GRCC’s School of Workforce Development. “A student receives on-the-job training with their sponsoring company and a free associate degree — plus, it will put you on a manufacturing career path that is unlimited!”

This fall, GRCC had the biggest cohort to date, with 21 students. AMP students have historically risen to the top: Of the most recent graduating class, all were on the Dean’s List, requiring a 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average, at least once; 83 percent of them were on the President’s List, which requires a 4.0, at least once. Another cohort, with 20 students, is scheduled to start this fall. To learn more about the AMP program, click here.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.