Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (MCAM)

Two students in a welding class.

Through the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing grant, eight Michigan community colleges worked together to build capacity to meet the needs of manufacturing employers for today and their future workforce.*

Our goal was to expand the workforce pipeline with employer-driven student recruitment into manufacturing.

Four Main Curriculum Areas

  • Welding
  • Machinist – CNC
  • Multi-Skilled Technician (Mechatronics, Industrial Maintenance)
  • Manufacturing Production & Assembly

MCAM provided

  • In-take assessments (National Career Readiness Certificate, ACT Talent & Fit Assessment)
  • Student career plan development
  • Expanded career coaching
  • Expanded career preparation courses (resumes, interviews, on-line applications).
  • Build placement activities at colleges.


The grant is funded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant - U.S. Department of Labor and runs through September of 2016.

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warrantees, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.  

Grand Rapids Community College and MCAM is an equal opportunity employer/program provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY users please call (877) 878-8464 or visit www.michigan.gov/mdcr.”