About AMC

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Launched in 2005, the Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC) is a Skilled Trades Related Technical Instruction (RTI) Registered Apprenticeship and customized training program designed by manufacturers to meet the needs of manufacturers across south-central Michigan and delivered in partnership with the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

The AMC is a nationally recognized skilled trades related technical instruction Apprenticeship Program. The AMC is certified as a Registered Apprenticeship Program by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship (USDOL-OA) and is approved as a Michigan Licensed Proprietary School by the State of Michigan.

The majority of our courses are held at the Jackson Area Career Center, Krohn Center in Litchfield, and the Lenawee Tech Center. The facilities offer state-of-the-art access to the latest manufacturing tools and equipment. From high speed Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) mills and lathes to robotic welders and plasma laser cutters, these facilities ideally fit the needs of our area's advanced manufacturers. We also run courses at various manufacturing firms around the tri-county region. Basically, if we have a need for training, we find a local business that has the equipment we need and we hold classes there!

The program is designed by manufacturers to meet the needs of manufacturers. AMC provides relevant training in the fields of Tool & Die Maker, CNC Machinist, Machine Builder, Machine Repairer, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Quality Welder, Mold Maker, Engineering Technician and Robotic Welding Technician. AMC also offers short-term certificate programs designed specifically for dislocated workers or unskilled individuals in the areas of CNC Machining, Machine Maintenance, Welding, Tool & Die, and Quality.

AMC training raises the level of proficiency to the currently employed, retools the skills of the unemployed, and promotes current skill sets to all enrolled. Instructors provide up-to-date curriculum pertinent to existing manufacturing. AMC administration supports all individuals in their career paths, assuring that all students succeed. The AMC prepares each student by providing them with the necessary tools to make them an accomplished member in the field of manufacturing.

The AMC also hosts a number of K-12 summer youth programs, including I Can Make It Camp, Machining U, and MI Enterprise. When combined with programs offered by area partners (including Shop Rat, Jackson County Great Start Collaborative, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge, The Learning Fair, and more), our region offers an in-depth array of interconnected hands-on learning programs from birth to adulthood focused on giving participants practical application knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and advanced manufacturing.

The Academy for Manufacturing Careers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin.