Youth Classes We Offer

Through the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC) offers a number of Youth Programs. From our first camp launched in 2005 to today, the AMC has a proven history of successfully providing top-notch manufacturing- and engineering-related, hands-on youth education. From Kindergarten all the way through high school, our K-12 educational pipeline impacts hundreds of kids each year.

Engineering is
Elementary

EIE, supported via the Jackson County ISD's Math & Science Center, integrates engineering and technology concepts with elementary science topics to promote engineering, science and technical literacy, as well as social studies and general literacy, in children from Kindergarten to 5th grade.

I Can Make It

A week-long overnight camp where 4th–6th graders learn math, science, technology, engineering and manufacturing principles through design, build and test of dozens of projects.

Machining U

A two-week long summer day camp for 7th–9th graders where they learn the basics of CAD design, metal fabrication, blueprint reading, measurement, welding, machining, metal finishing and more as they design and make various items.

MI Enterprise

An entrepreneurship program for 9th–12th graders conducted in partnership with Junior Achievement of the MI Edge and the Jackson Makerspace. In this program, a student-run manufacturing company called Achievement Chocolate Bars designs, markets and sells custom chocolates poured by Gilbert Chocolates.

Mfg 101 Boot Camp

A semester-long program that utilizes Tooling U online courses to allow high school (and select middle school) students to learn basic advanced manufacturing foundational skills and explore careers in manufacturing.

Skills Gap Solution

A program specifically targeted to area 11th–12th grade High School students who have obtained some level of welding skills - primarily through courses at a high school career/vo-tech center.

JAC3=E/MC

The Jackson Area College & Career Connection Early/Middle College (JAC3=E/MC) is a Jackson County ISD program where high school students can earn, at no cost to them or their parents, an Associate’s Degree along with their high school diploma while also learning in-demand manufacturing-related skills both in the classroom and the workplace as AMC school-to-registered apprentices. Check out the JAC3 Promo Video and the JAC3 Info Website for more details!