Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Developing Web Based Labor Market and Work Skills Information Tools

Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC)
Start Date: Apr 2015 — End Date: Sep 2019

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness works with Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC) thanks in part to a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. TAACCCT provides eligible institutions of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 with funds to help expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less. These programs are also suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program of the Trade Act of 1974.

Henry Ford Community College, based in Dearborn, Mich., is the lead institution of the 13-member consortium of community colleges — M-SAMC. Part of CREC’s multi-year project developed by M-SAMC will be used to improve community colleges’ decision making about manufacturing educational program development, investment, and strategic marketing to industry.

Through this project, CREC will:

  1. Implement a customized web tool that responds to community colleges’ key data needs related to workforce development planning, curriculum planning, course content development, business outreach, program development, career counseling, and job development;
  2. Design and conduct remote training to community colleges on the use of the web tool as well as on basic principles of web-based labor market research.

Below is a sample video that CREC has produced for M-SAMC to improve community colleges’ decision making on manufacturing educational program development, investment, and strategic marketing to industry:

Plan Your Economic FutureTechnical Assistance

About the Client

Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC)

Henry Ford Community College is a comprehensive public community college serving about 18,000 students each fall and winter semester in southeast Michigan.

Project Updates

CREC Helps M-SAMC Expand Training to Community Colleges
January 5, 2016

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), in partnership with the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC), has produced a number of training videos that show community college administrators how to best use federal statistical agency programs to understand their local communities and build programs that better serve their students’ needs. Specifically, the videos use tools […]

VIDEO: CREC Enhances Educators’ Understanding Using Public Data Tools
August 21, 2015

Ken Poole and Lindsay Johnson delivered two days of training for the Multi-state Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (MSAMC) at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.