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Macomb Community College’s MAP+ apprenticeship program wins Automation Alley award

– Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00AM

Program focuses on developing and expanding apprenticeship career pathways

Macomb Community College’s Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+) was presented with Automation Alley’s 2016 Outstanding Educational Initiative Award at the organization’s Annual Awards Gala on Oct. 14. The award recognizes one science, technology, engineering or math initiative that has broken the mold, demonstrating a creative approach to high-skill training of our current and future workforce in new and emerging technologies.

MAP+ is a partnership between Macomb and Grand Rapids Community College to develop and expand apprenticeship career pathways.   The program spans from building awareness, including working with high schools and other organizations to link individuals to opportunities, providing pre-apprentice and apprenticeship training, matching employers and students, leveraging associate degree attainment  and creating options for bachelor-degree completion. The program offers industry-driven, structured training that allows employers to develop current employees, as well as to interview and hire students.

“In an increasingly tight market for skilled workers, MAP+ provides an effective way for employers to jump start their recruiting or to retain and further develop their existing workforce,” said Joe Petrosky, dean, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Macomb Community College. “Macomb is committed to making meaningful contributions to meeting the workforce needs of Michigan employers, creating relevant career pathways for individuals, and boosting our region’s and state’s economic competitiveness.”

Macomb Community College is focusing on manufacturing-related areas such as CNC machining, robotics, tooling, die, mold, welding and industrial maintenance, as well as supporting other traditional apprenticeship areas such as construction and climate control.  Grand Rapids Community College’s programs are focusing on the information technology sector.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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