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It all starts at GRCC. While your friends are building thousands of dollars of debt, you can be building your income and shaping your career.  Are you ready?

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.

AMP students take their classes together, classes that are reserved for them.  This cohort style allows students to mentor each other as well as network with future employees in the industry - namely you!  Use the links on the right to see the Fall 2013 cohort schedule and the Fall 2014 cohort schedule.

How It Works:

The 2014-15 AMP class is full.  We are currently looking for individuals interested in starting this exciting opportunity in Fall 2015. 

To submit your name for consideration with the partnering companies for Fall 2015, complete the link on the right.  Please note, that this step does not ensure participation in the AMP program, but instead your name is passed onto sponsoring companies.  Partnering companies will contact you for an interview or further testing.  Each company has their own criteria for hiring.  Interviewing for Fall 2015 will not begin until January 2015.  Once you are hired by a company, then you have become a participant in the AMP program.

All AMP students not only go to school full time, but you 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 Tooling and Manufacturing at GRCC.  It takes dedication - but the benefits are plentiful!  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.

What are the Minimal Qualifications?

In order to be admitted to GRCC, students must have a minimum ACT in Math, Reading and English of 18.  If a student does not, he or she must take the Accuplacer test.  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.  Companies are investing in you, they want to make sure you are the right fit.

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.