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TO BUSINESS, LABOR, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:
DG3 Partners with Lear Corporation, HFCC M-TEC, SEMCA and The Makers
Coalition to Create Industrial Sewing Certification Program to Meet
Demand for Workers in Michigan
DETROIT, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to
Michigan businesses' needs for skilled industrial sewers, Detroit
Garment Group Guild (DG3), a local non-profit, and stakeholders have
partnered with Minnesota-based The Makers Coalition, creating the
Coalition's first chapter. This partnership brings an Industrial
Sewing Certification Program (ISCP) to Southeast Michigan. The Detroit
Chapter is comprised of DG3, Henry Ford Community College Michigan
Technical Education Center (HFCC M-TEC), The Southeast Michigan
Community Alliance (SEMCA Michigan Works!), Lear Corporation and other
The Makers Coalition is a movement to restore and build the industrial
sewing heritage of America, working together to find, train and employ
a proud, creative and skilled workforce for today and future
generations. This is a coalition of businesses, educational
institutions, non-profit organizations and service providers coming
together to build a trained cut and sew industry.
SEMCA Michigan Works! will take on the role of recruiting and
screening potential students, as well as seeking to identify funding
for those who qualify and assisting with job placement for students
who complete the program.
The first class of students will begin this September at the HFCC
M-TEC in Dearborn. Embedded within this curriculum are real-world
experiences from a variety of cut and sew manufacturing industries,
from automotive to apparel. "The real strength of this training is
that it is being developed in close collaboration with industry
leaders and local business owners," says Jen Guarino, founder, The
Makers Coalition. "Program graduates will gain a specific skill set
that is in demand by employers."
Lear Corporation, headquartered in Southfield, has signed on as a
major corporate sponsor and has secured the machinery for the
In addition, the DG3 has reached out to cut and sew manufacturers
across the State, securing commitments from these companies to
interview ISCP graduates as positions become open.
"We've wanted to put a program like this into place since early in our
organization's history and the time is finally right," says DG3
president Karen Buscemi. "We have an amazing group of partners, all
committed to the same level of excellence, with a goal to build up our
cut and sew manufacturers so they can expand their businesses, while
also attracting new manufacturing companies to the state."
For more information about the Industrial Sewing Certification
program, visit the DG3 website at www.detroitgarmentgroup.org or
contact Karen Buscemi at 248.722.8407.
For more information about The Makers Coalition:
Detroit Garment Group Guild is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity,
providing education and opportunities for Michigan's fashion community
and cut and sew manufacturers. Educational programming ranges from an
annual conference focused on the business of fashion to the industrial
sewing certification program.
Contact: Karen Buscemi President Detroit Garment Group Guild
SOURCE Detroit Garment Group Guild
/Web Site: http://www.detroitgarmentgroup.org/
CO: Detroit Garment Group Guild
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