By: Jeanne M. Nicol, APR, Director, Public Relations Macomb Community College
Employers looking for effective ways to recruit, retain and develop talent have an important new option available. Macomb Community College’s Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+) program prepares high-school students and others with the in-demand skills employers are looking for in formats designed to meet the needs of individual companies.
MAP+ is a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and is funded in part by a $3.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration under the American Apprenticeship Initiative. The program offers industry-driven, structured training that allows employers to develop current employees, as well as to interview and hire students. The training and education related to MAP+ may have financial incentives associated through complementary funding programs.
“In an increasingly tight market for skilled workers, MAP+ is great way for employers to jump start their company’s recruiting or to retain and develop their existing workforce,” said Joe Petrosky, dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Macomb. “Macomb is committed to making meaningful contributions to meeting the workforce needs of Michigan employers and maintaining the competitiveness of our state.”
Macomb will provide manufacturing-related programs in skills such as computer numerically controlled machining, tooling, robotics, tool-and-die making, welding and industrial maintenance. The college will also support other traditional apprenticeship areas such as those in construction, design and climate control. The Grand Rapids program includes a focus on the information technology sector.
Students interested in participating in MAP+ in Macomb County are offered the chance to complete apprenticeship readiness or industrial readiness classes at Macomb’s South Campus in Warren. Students typically begin in classes where they learn foundational skills necessary to enter an apprenticeship or prepare for other employment, such as shop arithmetic, machine tool blueprint reading, industrial safety and trade-related preparation. Students who successfully complete all four classes receive an Industrial Readiness Certificate.