Jackson manufacturing training program recognized

Jackson’s Academy for Manufacturing Careers is one of 30 programs to be honored for building the Great Lakes Region’s talented manufacturing workforce.

The academy, which works in partnership with The Enterprise Group of Jackson and Jackson Area Manufacturers Association, has been nominated for recognition by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council as benchmarks for its Talented Workforce Initiative, according to a news release.

All 30 programs will be recognized June 12 in Detroit at the Big M event to celebrate manufacturing’s rebound, and four programs will receive top awards.

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council created its Talented Workforce Initiative to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent, according to the release. The council is looking for programs that recruit or attract talented workers, train or educate new workers and retrain current and displaced workers.

The Academy for Manufacturing Careers has trained thousands of youths and adults though its partnership with JAMA, The Enterprise Group, South Central Michigan Works! and area colleges.

It provides training and technical instruction in several manufacturing fields, such as tool and die, welding, industrial maintenance and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. The program also has three certificate programs designed specifically for dislocated workers or unskilled people in CNC machining, machine maintenance and welding.

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