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June 4, 2019
Cros-Lex Awarded Grant for Advanced Manufacturing

June 4, 2019
Press Release:

Croswell-Lexington Community Schools personnel has been working to bring an Advanced Manufacturing Training Collaboration to the Thumb of Michigan, and connect individuals seeking employment in the high demand career pathways of Robotics, CNC, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), Welding, and other similarly related careers. Our advanced manufacturing training program is called The Great Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration ( www.glamc.us ).  


Last week, in a second round of funding through the Department of Talent and Economic Development overseeing the Marshall Plan grant, nearly 14 million dollars in grant funds were awarded to innovative program initiatives from 13 talent consortia in regions throughout Michigan.  


Croswell-Lexington Community Schools is excited to announce our new Great Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration (GLAMC) program qualified for $500,000.00 for advanced manufacturing equipment for nationally recognized industry certification for students. Our GLAMC program will serve as the Fiscal Agency with five additional public school districts across the state. Each of the school districts in the Great Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Consortium also are eligible for $500,000.00 for a total Marshall Plan award totaling three million dollars.  


More specifically, students will have access to industry standard equipment and earn nationally recognized credentials from U.S. FANUC America Corporation (Robotics & CNC), the US leader in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Allen Bradley – Rockwell Automation, the US leader in robotic welding & fabrication equipment, Lincoln Electric, the US leader in Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Parker Hannifin, and the leader in 3D printing, Stratasys. These industry standard credentials will provide our students with post-secondary learning opportunities and valuable experience in high demand career fields such as CNC machining/programming, robotics technician, machining supervisor, and mechanical engineering pathways. Fundamentally, the aim is to develop well-rounded learners with transferable, lifelong skills and fill the skilled trades gap existing across our country.  


The Marshall Plan for talent was signed into law on June 26, 2018, to improve the talent pipeline in the State of Michigan. The focus of the Marshall Plan is 1) building meaningful partnerships between business and education and 2) developing innovative programming that can best prepare students for high demand, high wage careers. So far, there have been two rounds of funds awarded. 15 million dollars were awarded in December 2018 during the first round, and nearly 14 million were awarded in round two last week.  


If you would like more information about our customized GLAMC training programs for students, adults, and to learn more about career opportunities, please visit our website (www.glamc.us) or contact us at 810.679.1333.  



Daniel Gilbertson