‘Signing Day’ for advanced manufacturing apprentices welcomes new WCC students, employers

June 12, 2024 Fran LeFort

FAME students.


Washtenaw Community College continues to lead the state and grow its advanced manufacturing technician apprenticeship program, adding new employers and student apprentices for the upcoming academic year.

 The second annual “Signing Day” for the college’s next crop of student apprentices joining Michigan’s Mitten chapter of the Manufacturing Institute’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is scheduled for Monday, June 17, on the WCC campus.

WCC is the only Michigan college in the national FAME work-and-learn program, which equips students with skills required for the rapidly evolving manufacturing industry.

 The program offers paid on-the-job training and mentoring through industry partners and educational pathways to an associate degree in Mechatronics – Robotics and Automated Systems from WCC in less than two years. Student apprentices interview with and are hired by participating advanced manufacturing industries located in the region.

Last year’s inaugural cohort of students is continuing through the 18-month program, balancing three work days with their company and full-time classes two days a week.

At the June 17 “Signing Day,” 10-12 new student apprentices are expected to sign their intent to participate in the program.

The ceremony will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building on the WCC campus (see campus map/directions).

Members of industry, education, workforce development and prospective student apprentices interested in the program are welcome. Please RSVP to attend the FAME “Signing Day” event or email [email protected].

Four new employers joining the FAME Mitten Chapter this year are C&B Machinery, Flexible Metals, Sensitile and WestRock. Continuing employer partners are Toyota North America (Research & Development) Orbitform, Caster Concepts, Lomar Machine & Tool Company and Novi Precision.

Participants in the FAME program can be recent high school graduates, military members transitioning to the workforce, or individuals looking to move into a new career path.

 The Michigan FAME Mitten chapter is administered by Ann Arbor SPARK, which manages fiscal and operational processes. Michigan Works! Southeast supports the recruitment efforts for both employers and students.

 Southeast Michigan Community Alliance, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) serves as the chapter’s hub and supports funding to the Mitten chapter, which is provided as part of a $5.8 million Apprenticeship Building America grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Employment and Training Administration.



  • What: The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education offers paid on-the-job training and mentoring with industry partners and educational pathways to an associate degree in Mechatronics – Robotics and Automated Systems. New students will sign their intent to enroll at WCC and apprentice with their new employer.
  • When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17
  • Where: Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building, WCC campus, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to attend.
  • Phone & Email: 734-677-5117, [email protected]
  • More information: Learn more about the FAME Mitten chapter.


Tags: Advanced Manufacturing, Apprenticeship Programs, Apprenticeships, FAME, MI FAME, Student Success

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