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Students - Imagine yourself earning money while going to college and having your employer pay for your tuition. That money can translate into a car, motorcycle, or vacation, all for doing something you actually enjoy.

The new age of advanced manufacturing is here – in West Michigan.  If you think that manufacturing means working on an assembly line, pushing a button all day, wearing grubby clothes…you are wrong.  That’s old school. Manufacturing means making something – something useful and practical, and something you can be proud of.

GRCC has partnered with several West Michigan companies who are looking for you. Through this partnership, the companies are willing to pay for your education, plus pay you to work for them. If you like working with your hands, solving problems, communicating with others about technical issues, this opportunity is right for you.

All AMP students not only go to school full time, but also work a minimum of 20 hours a week at your sponsoring company.  You take home a paycheck, and get your college courses paid for as you earn an Associate Degree in either Tooling and Manufacturing or Industrial Maintenance at GRCC.  It takes dedication - but the benefits are plentiful!  And the payoff doesn't stop there.  You also have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Ferris State University.

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Applications for Fall 2015 AMP can be submitted from December 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015.

Students Prepare to Apply

Before applying, students should have their ACT scores in reading, English and math, your high school GPA and your WorkKeys level.  (note:  the WorkKeys level is part of the ACT test)

Students will also be asked three questions as part of the application process:

  1. Tell us why you are interested in AMP
  2. Have you any experience in manufacturing
  3. Tell us about your interests and hobbies

Applications are open from December 1 - March 1.

Please note, that this step does not ensure participation in the AMP program, but instead you are applying for this full ride scholarship opportunity.  Partnering companies will contact you for an interview or further testing.  Each company has their own criteria for hiring.  Once you are hired by a company, then you have become a participant in the AMP program.

What are the Minimal Qualifications?

In order to be admitted to GRCC, students must have a minimum ACT 18 in Math, Reading and English.  If a student does not, he or she must take the Accuplacer test at GRCC.  Visit our Admissions page to get more information on our general admission requirements.

Each company also has minimum qualifications.  You may be required to complete additional testing and will definitely be interviewed for this exciting opportunity.

Are you a company interested in partnering with GRCC in the AMP program?  We are currently organizing for the Fall 2015 start date.

Contact Associate Dean, Amy Koning at 616.234.3405 or for more details.

Have more Questions?  Check out our FAQs to the right.