The Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA)  is a training school operated by the Michigan Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Greater Michigan Chapter. The training school is not approved by the US Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as a Training Program Sponsor and is not able to register Apprentices(12).

No 3rd party verified information is available on the program’s performance. Other ABC training programs that were registered with the DOL OA, since 2000, had a total of 236 Apprentices complete training at a graduation rate of 14%


The Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) is a construction trade school primarily located in Midland. The school is ran by the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The chapter employs Jimmy E. Greene as their President and CEO (1). His publicly available Linkden Account (2), accessed on 10/5/17, reveals that Mr. Green previously worked in telecommunication sales. In addition to his work in sales, but missing from his profile Linkden profile, Jimmy was previously employed as a Public Policy Regional Representative (3) with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The positions included key responsibilities, as described by the NFIB (4), to encouraging people to contact their elected officials, educating politicians and planning conferences. Although the chapters employment of Jimmy Greene and his political background may sound out of place for a construction association focused on training, ABC Michigan has a history of hiring lobbyists and other political insiders who do not have experience in the construction industry (5).

This chapter offers training through an associated organization, the Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA). Their website claims that the program “meets all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship training with classroom instruction”(6), but the GMCA is not approved by the US Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as a Program Sponsor of training and is not able to register Apprentices (5). Due to this, there is no publicly available 3rd party verified information on the program’s performance, such as the number of graduates and graduation rates.

GMCA has self-reported some data, which is not independently verified, to The Pure Michigan Talent Connect program. The State ran program is meant to be a service for young people and adults looking to start a new career or apprenticeship. Their website has an apprenticeship finder tool with information that programs self-report.

The ABC GMCA reported that all of their programs have a 100% graduation, 100% employment rate and as few as 1 yearly graduate for certain programs. These rates are astonishing considering ABC led programs have historically achieved, over the past 17 years, a 14% graduation rate and just 236 apprentices have completed training.

Though the Chapter is not recognized by the DOL as an institution that can register Apprentices, their website does list two non-governmental accrediting organizations(6); the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) and the Accrediting Center for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET).

The NCCER was founded in 1994 by individuals closely associated with ABC (11). The NCCER is not recognized by the US Department of Education as an institution of higher learning and has no third party accreditor of their own (8). The Center does not provide any publicly available details on the performance of the programs they accredit. The ACCET does not traditionally accredit construction training programs and a look at their website shows in Michigan they also accredit English language learning institutions, professional fitness trainers and computer techs (9)Like the NCCER, the ACCET does not provide information on their accredited programs student outcomes.

 

  1. http://www.abcgmc.org/en-us/home/aboutus/abcstaff.aspx
  2. https://www.linkedi.com/in/jimmy-greene-72296a7
  3. http://iaiworks.com/ceopresident-of-the-association-of-builders-and-contractors-to-address-graduates/
  4. http://www.nafsa.org/_/File/_/regiv/pp_rep.pdf
  5.  http://abctruth.com/2017/10/01/read-the-full-report-how-do-abc-affiliated-registered-apprenticeship-programs-perform-in-michigan/
  6. http://www.gmcacademy.org/en-us/home/aboutus.aspx
  7. https://jobs.mitalent.org/mitc//Search/Training (program must be manually looked up via the “Select Providers by Name” search box)
  8. https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Agencies.aspx
  9. https://accet.org/member-institution-directory (programs must be manually looked up)
  10. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/454465356
  11. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/popups/speakerdetails.php?eventid=194634&language=eng&speakerid=641577
  12. http://abctruth.com/2017/10/06/read-the-full-report-how-do-abc-affiliated-registered-apprenticeship-programs-perform-in-michigan/

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