About M-SAMC

The Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium supports the national development of competency-based education curriculum to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry.

Henry Ford College is one of 13 community colleges involved in the TAACCCT federal grant. Learn more at the M-SAMC website.

Faculty Contacts

For more information about Advanced Manufacturing programs at Henry Ford College contact:

Glenn Wisniewski


Industry Partners

AK Steel




M-SAMC College Partners

View Our Partner Map

  • Alamo Colleges
  • Bluegrass CTC
  • BridgeValley CTC
  • Danville Community College
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Henry Ford College
  • Jefferson CTC
  • Oakland Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Rock Valley College
  • Rhodes State College
  • Spartanburg Community College
  • TCAT - Murfreesboro

M-SAMC Insights from Henry Ford College

Kathy Edwards, M-SAMC Grant Secretary shares how the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC) is beneficial to Henry Ford College.


Joel Justin, M-SAMC Instructional Designer at Henry Ford College, talks about building programs in collaboration with industry partners & advisory boards.


Hear other M-SAMC Implementation Facilitators talk about "The Changing College Curriculum" and learn what they think is important for the transition to competency-based learning in higher education.

Henry Ford College News

Working closely with community colleges, universities, and independent colleges, 90 Michigan school districts are introducing students, some as early as ninth grade, to college programs with a career-technical education focus. The idea is to offer 5 years of high school, where students take a mixture of high school and college courses. The longer the students participate in the program, the more credits they earn; and most earn enough credits for an associate’s degree.

Perceptions of Detroit leave the city with a bad reputation but according to a new study, Wayne County is number 1 in the country for manufacturing job growth. California, Indiana, North Carolina, and Missouri also had counties place in the top ten for manufacturing job growth.

The Manufacturing Day survey results are in, and events held around the U.S. have positively impacted the perception of the industry and its career options. Both students and educators are more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities, and both found events and activities held interesting and engaging. Check out the survey for more results.

Henry Ford College is a key partner in the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA), which was recently awarded a $4 million grant to lead the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (CAI) project. The project will engage organizations focused on special populations in STEM careers. These may include organizations like the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program and Black Girls Code. Funds will be utilized to establish or expand apprenticeship programs responsive to the evolving technical needs in the high-demand, new-age automotive and transportation sectors of the Advanced Manufacturing industry. CAI will serve 853 workers in Michigan.

Innovation is all around us. New methods, ideas, and products inspire change. M-SAMC has embodied the meaning of innovation by pursuing change in advanced manufacturing education. The consortium is using real world models to constantly update industry-driven manufacturing curricula and experiences; transforming courses to teach students precisely what manufacturers need today and tomorrow; redesigning student support and implementing new strategies to place students directly into well-paying manufacturing jobs; and developing administrative structures to support these instructional redesigns. M-SAMC is inspiring the education sector to be more innovative, and inspiring students in their everyday lives to be innovative too.


An example of innovators from around the world can be seen on Innovation Nation. Presented by The Henry Ford and CBS, Innovation Nation showcases historic innovators of the past and the forward looking visionaries of today. Now in its second season, the program airs every Saturday morning on CBS, and continues to present a weekly celebration of the inventor's spirit. Watch the trailer below; then be sure to catch the next episode.

The Industrial Scholars Program at HFC is bringing students and employers together for in-demand programs such as Welding, Electricity and Engineering Technology. Selected students are provided with scholarships and part-time positions with the offering employer. The main goal is to match the strategic needs of employers with students seeking experience and employment. Upon the student's course completion, sponsoring employers make the final decision on offering scholarships and full-time positions.  Download the Industrial Scholars Flier.

Henry Ford Hosts Manufacturing Day Events

Manufacturing Day seeks to improve public perception of manufacturing careers and expand understanding of its value to the regional and national economy.


Friday, October 2

On October 2, 2015, manufacturers in Wayne County will be opening their doors to educate our youth through open house tours and events. Students from all over Wayne County will be going to local manufacturing events or on plant tours in the area. This year over 600 students will have the opportunity to take part in the tours and events.


The Michigan Technical Education Center on the Henry Ford College campus will be hosting almost 300 students after they attend plant tours. Local high school students will receive lunch, tour the facility, hear the keynote address from Made in Detroit founders, participate in an education consumer game, and learn about success in the new economy.


Thursday, October 1

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Manufacturing Education and Career Pathways at Henry Ford College’s Discover Day on October 1, 2015 at 9AM-1PM and 5-7PM in the Student and Culinary Arts Center (Building M) at the main HFC campus. Engage in a real conversation with the people who teach and practice in the manufacturing industry. This is your opportunity to discover career opportunities and pathways that match your skills and interests.


For more information contact

Rachel Kristensen


Put yourself at the center of sheer manufacturing might and see some eye-opening encounters with the technology of tomorrow — today. The Henry Ford is offering free field trips to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour on October 2 for Manufacturing Day.

The skills gap is a hot topic. Many employers realize the need for specialized middle skill workers, but have no pool to pull from. In Michigan, there will be 228,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018 and the workforce is not currently growing to fill them. To help combat this issue, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has approved grant funding for community colleges; Henry Ford College and Oakland Community College among them. Other initiatives are also aiming to bridge the skills gap, including the STEM Careers and Skilled Trades Task Force, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, and Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2).

Manufacturing accounted for 19.0% of Michigan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013.  Ranking as the 5th most significant U.S. state for manufacturing.

10 Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers to receive award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  This includes centers in Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Tennessee.  The MEP centers help small and mid-sized manufacturers create and retain jobs.

To increase investment and create jobs, in September 2013 the Obama Administration launched the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) – an initiative to spur communities to develop integrated, long-term economic development strategies that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains to our local communities.


For instance, the thirteen counties of Southeastern Michigan that produce 22% of all vehicles made in America account for over 70% of total U.S. auto research investment. One such initiative led by their Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine is building on its strengths in connected-vehicle technologies. These technologies include allowing cars to communicate with each other and the road in order to carry their passengers more safely and efficiently to their destinations.

From April 2010 to April 2014, three Michigan Metro areas -- Detroit, Warren, and Livonia -- added 46,100 manufacturing jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Following close behind on the list of top 20 manufacturing growth metros was Houston, Sugar Land, and Baytown, TX with the addition of 42,000 jobs.


The number one metro area in terms of manufacturing jobs added during this period was Detroit (25%); making a strong case that manufacturing does have a future in this region.

The New Education Model

M-SAMC presents “The New Education Model," a 10-part original series on competency-based education. Featuring Dr. Tracy Pierner, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Career and Technical Programs at Henry Ford College, the series looks at transitioning the classroom to a competency-based learning environment.

The New Welding Program:  Student Insights

As part of the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC), Henry Ford College is improving and innovating Advanced Manufacturing Education. The restructuring of the school's Welding program to a competency-based learning approach is proving more effective in preparing students for success. Created in cooperation with industry, the Welding program focuses on teaching skills needed by industry, and gives students more opportunities for hands-on learning with its Open Lab concept.


To learn more about the Welding Program at Henry Ford College contact Kevin Ridge, (313) 317-4136, karidge@hfcc.edu

Why Competency-Based Learning Makes a Difference

HFC Welding students share why competency-based learning makes a difference.

Advantages of Open Labs

HFC Welding students discuss the advantages of open labs.

Benefits of Hands-on Learning

HFC Welding students speak about the benefits of hands-on learning.

Benefits of Partnerships with Industry

HFC Welding students reveal why industry is important in a competency-based learning environment.

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