MCC joins manufacturing articulation agreement

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published September 20, 2016

LANSING — Representatives from eight state community colleges  — including Macomb Community College — met Sept. 8 for a press conference in Lansing to announce details of an articulation agreement.

The college officials signed a Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing articulation agreement at Lansing Community College that they say will create mobility for students in manufacturing programs. The agreement is designed to ensure that M-CAM students can move their M-CAM credits from one college to another within the coalition for advanced standing, entry or transfer.

The coalition colleges also include Bay College in Escanaba, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College in Flint, and Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

The colleges have collaborated in an effort to provide students with the necessary certifications, industry credentials and employer connections in the advanced manufacturing industry throughout the state.

“M-CAM has created vital pathways for individuals to earn industry credentials and connect with employers in Michigan’s advanced manufacturing sector,” MCC President James Jacobs said. “This articulation agreement takes M-CAM’s impact a step further by making the credit that program graduates earn portable within the coalition, enhancing their ability to pursue further education and credentials, supporting career progression.”

According to a coalition news release, this is the first time in Michigan’s history that an articulation agreement has been signed for the four advanced manufacturing areas of study offered by the M-CAM community colleges: welding, computer numerical control/machining, multiskill mechatronics and production operations.

M-CAM was formed from a $24.9 million, four-year U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded in 2013. Those targeted for training include displaced workers, the underemployed, veterans and incumbent workers who require skills upgrading.