Established in 2012 under the TAACCCT Grant Program, our consortium, officially called the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC), is designing innovative program models to improve manufacturing education.
With 13 college partners across 10 states, more than 40 industrial partners, and state-of-the-art technology, M-SAMC is leveraging our combined experiences to increase student success locally, and bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. nationally.
Our colleges are bridging the gap between the needs of the workplace and the manufacturing curriculum to pave the way for job-driven training. M-SAMC is empowering student workers to meet the demands of today’s careers and to thrive in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
Manufacturers and educators alike recognize the disconnect between the needs of the workplace and how we teach manufacturing courses in most colleges.
The manufacturing workplace has changed dramatically over the past three decades, as have the technical and organizational skills needed by workers. Education has been slow to respond to these changes.
Leveraging the expertise of industrial partners, the community college members of M-SAMC are transforming the face of manufacturing education in our institutions, by using laboratory models replicating technology on today's factory floors.
To accomplish our goals, M-SAMC will:
1. Use real world models to constantly update industry-driven manufacturing curricula and experiences.
2. Transform course design to teach students precisely what manufacturers need today and tomorrow.
3. Redesign student support and strategies to place students directly into well-paying manufacturing jobs.
4. Develop administrative structures to support these instructional redesigns.
Competency-Based Education transforms the learning environment, helping colleges improve retention and graduation rates.
CBE is needed because...
Competency-Based Education puts students in charge of their learning, allowing them to master skills.
Employers are increasingly hiring based on competencies and credentialing, in addition to knowledge.
CBE promotes directly assessing students based on demonstrated skills, ensuring students entering the workforce can meet industry-skill requirements and enjoy success within an advanced manufacturing job.
M-SAMC offers you...
Expanded institutional capacity by creating joint ventures with manufacturing organizations.
These joint ventures enable M-SAMC colleges to identify (and even anticipate) new or emerging labor market skill requirements.
This leads to honed curriculum requirements based on industry-identified competencies , and ultimately better prepares students for success within advanced manufacturing jobs.
This improved model is...
Moving colleges and industry toward preferred states of education.
- Self-directed and self-paced learning for students
- Success based on competencies
- Focus on learning a single system completely and then applying concepts to others
- Curriculum context based on industry input and plant schematics
- Industry-based safety protocols
- Programs that validate on-the-job competencies
Students demonstrate knowledge in a Competency-Based Education environment, setting them up for success in a workplace environment.
The new education model is...
Competency-Based Education (CBE)
Performance-based learning is at the core of CBE.
Students learn complex manufacturing processes by performing them on advanced manufacturing simulators and virtual simulators in an industry-like environment.
This emphasizes student achievement based on their ability to demonstrate skills and show knowledge of skills.
CBE deeply engages industry in the identification of standards and competency levels, and in the development of curriculum and assessments, so that manufacturing education can respond to, and even anticipate industry skill need changes.
You are important because...
Manufacturing education cannot be transformed to better meet the needs of the manufacturing industry without deep and ongoing employer engagement.
Employers are critical to ensuring that manufacturing education programs developed through M-SAMC are preparing workers for today's advanced manufacturing environment.
By strengthening, deepening, and integrating employer engagement into manufacturing education, M-SAMC can eliminate the fundamental disconnect between employers and colleges.
You should care because...
M-SAMC colleges are transforming the development and delivery of manufacturing education to meet dynamic employer demand.
Competency-Based Education is structured to ensure students have the ability to perform skills and the knowledge to succeed in advanced manufacturing jobs.
Students successfully completing competency-based manufacturing education learning paths can help employers, like you, achieve greater efficiency and productivity.
Competency-Based Education empowers students to meet the workforce demands of advanced manufacturing employers.
You should care because...
Advanced manufacturing is changing.
Students entering the workforce need specialized technical skills, plus continuous training, to keep pace with technology and changing production system parameters.
The M-SAMC national program model promotes competency-based, industry-driven curriculum.
M-SAMC colleges have the equipment and other learning technologies used in today's manufacturing plants.
Through hands-on learning of complex manufacturing processes in industry-like settings, students transform their understanding of the manufacturing workplace, improving their success.
M-SAMC offers you...
A competency-based education model with an easy-to-navigate and well-defined educational path to reach your advanced manufacturing career goals.
Students attending an M-SAMC college learn on advanced manufacturing simulators in an industry-like environment; developing skills and knowledge that are directly transferable to workplace applications.
Students also benefit from M-SAMC college partnerships.
- Partnerships with state workforce systems provide students with career readiness tools
- National manufacturing organization partnerships support field networking
- Partnerships with four-year institutions provide opportunities to further advance career goals through additional education
- And relationships with employers surrounding M-SAMC colleges help students transition to the workplace.
This improved model is...
Better for students because it's a competency-based approach to education. The new model:
- Assesses students based on knowledge of skills and ability to demonstrate skills
- Allows students to advance at their own pace; after mastering a skill
- Reconfigures classrooms and labs to be more industry-like
- Uses simulators for hands-on learning, a key tool for manufacturing systems education
- Increases the use of virtual and online simulations for complex systems
- Structures programs into stackable credential career pathway models
- Implements standard practices to award credit for prior learning and/or non-credit training
- Enhances career navigation and student support services
- Develops opportunities for work-based learning and paid internships
- Promotes student success!
"Aligning Education with Employer Needs"
Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC)
5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128
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*AMTEC is supported entirely by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program Grant (0903193). (AMTEC,NSF ATE DUE-0903193)