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.

Oakland Community College was 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 Oakland Community College contact:

Janene Erne


Industry Partners




M-SAMC College Partners

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  • 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

Oakland Community College News

On August 9, Oakland Community College will host a HURCO CNC Training Center ribbon cutting and grand re-opening of the Advanced Technology Center to celebrate their investment in skilled trades education. Tours will feature machinery demonstrations and information booths with area manufacturer representatives. A student services representative will also be on-hand to help with class registration and applications.


Register for the event today.

For more information call (248) 232-4311.

Michigan New Jobs Training (MNJT) program is funding training for 693 new employees within seven Oakland County companies. Oakland Community college will provide training in Advanced Manufacturing, Quality, Leadership, and Product Design & Development. OCC Chancellor Dr. Timothy Meyer says that the MNJT program provides an incentive that makes the difference.

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.

Oakland County is projected to have large job growth over the next three years. By 2017, the manufacturing sector will grow by 7 percent while unemployment in Oakland County will fall below 5 percent. Oakland Community College’s Chancellor says the future of college is to provide talent that serves the community. OCC is already working towards that future by providing students with resources to define their career and academic goals.

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.

Oakland Community College offers a Mechatronics Technician Training program that is built around the needs of industry. Aimed at helping those that are unemployed, underemployed, or looking a career, the program gives students a pathway to employment. Download the brochure to learn more about the program.

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.

Hirotec America, along with other manufacturing companies in Oakland County, Michigan, opened their doors to students on Manufacturing Day. Students toured facilities and learned about opportunities for skilled trades jobs. Seeing modern manufacturing in action made an impact on the students. At a pep rally following the tours, speakers, including individuals from Oakland Community College reinforced the message that technically skilled people are needed by manufacturers.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved $50 million in grant funding for community colleges. This funding ensures Michigan provides the training and the workforce to meet the skilled trade needs and to create more jobs in the state. Schools receiving the grants, like Oakland and Macomb community colleges, must provide a match of funding, plus work with local school districts and submit a detailed plan on how the funding will meet employers' job needs.

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).

Gov. Rick Snyder awarded Oakland Community College $4.5 million for their Skilled Trades Program. OCC also committed funds to boost the program. The funds will go towards purchasing equipment, which will help train students through hands-on learning. This will go a long way in providing access to high demand and good paying jobs.

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.

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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)