Annette M. Norris
Director, Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC)
Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA)
The Enterprise Group
Jackson, MI

“The creation of The Academy for Manufacturing Careers is my greatest accomplishment, allowing me to create an entire school where nothing existed previously.  I have helped others overcome obstacles and barriers and begin on a journey to a career.”

Annette was instrumental in launching a unique program that delivers advanced manufacturing skilled trades training. The Academy is a U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship Program, a licensed Proprietary Trade School, and a regionally and nationally recognized best practice model for apprenticeship and industry-driven training.

Annette also runs programs for youth, promoting awareness of skilled trades to minorities & women. These activities, along with the number of people trained, translate into a highly skilled, productive workforce; a serious economic retention/attraction tool that has had a positive impact.

She is Chair of the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship & Training Association promoting apprenticeships across Michigan.

Annette's drive and enthusiasm helped win the USDOL/OA 75th Anniversary highest award, The Innovator and Trailblazer Award for creating training to help students gain the skill gaps needed to get into high wage, high skill jobs.

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