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

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr 8th, 2014 @ 6:01am



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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

local employers.

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

classroom.

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:

www.themakerscoalition.org/

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

248-722-8407 detroitgarmentgroup@gmail.com

SOURCE Detroit Garment Group Guild

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