Urban Alliance Technical Center

Hands On Technical Training

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individuals received hands on technical training, giving them opportunities for better jobs and employers skilled employees.

Urban Alliance Technical Center

The Urban Alliance Technical Center (UATC) was created in July of 2017 in an effort to continue and grow the technical education and training of graduates of the Momentum Urban Employment Initiative. Technical training academies have been provided for Momentum graduates in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) since 2015 and the launching of the UATC has allowed for enhancement and expansion of the training being offered. The UATC is housed in a facility owned by LC Howard Inc. at 400 Island Avenue in Parchment, Michigan and provides 18,000 square feet of classrooms and offices as well as an additional 8,000 square feet of hands on training environments including warehouse, shipping docks, a quality lab, and production areas.

Part of the uniqueness of the UATC is the partnership between higher education, nonprofit, and local businesses in the training and equipping of trainees. The UATC is becoming an asset to the larger community, offering technical and vocational training to marginalized groups who normally do not have access to such opportunities. The continued goal of the UATC is to provide technical training at the highest level of excellence for our Momentum graduates and to expand that mission to other marginalized groups within the greater Kalamazoo area, benefiting the trainees, businesses, and the economy. In addition, the UATC is creating space for additional partnerships that allow us to expand our impact. Most recently, the UATC has become a host site for Kalamazoo Adult Education ESL and GED courses.

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Momentum and KVCC Partnered Academies

Academies specifically designed for Momentum graduates in partnership with KVCC are as follows.

• Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operations

• Quality Control and Assurance

• Warehouse Management and Inventory Control

• Production Technician Academy

• Manufacturing and Material Handling

Additional trainings and academies planned include welding, CNC programming, CNC setup, Six Sigma, and industrial safety. All academies and trainings are instructed by qualified industry experts with a focus on hands on practicums addressing pertinent industry needs, and the UATC is one of only two Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) in Kalamazoo County. Momentum Academies are three weeks in length.

Technical Training

In 2019 the UATC also began offering technical training to other marginalized communities including students from an Alternative High School, Special Education programs, the Juvenile Justice System, and an English as a Second Language (ESL) adult education program. Technical training for these groups are 2-5 days depending on the focus and subject matter. Technical trainings currently offered include:

• CNC Operator

• CNC Setup

• Forklift Operations

• Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

Current Machinery and Equipment

• (2) Haas CNC vertical machining centers (w/probing)
• Haas CNC training simulators • Horizontal band saw
• FaroArm portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)
• (2) class 4 forklifts • (1) class 2 forklift
• Warehouse equipment; scales, auto wrapper, material handling, racks & dunnage
• Fully equipped quality control lab
• (2) GMAW welding cells (2019)
• (1) GTAW weld cell (2019)
• Plasma cutter (2019)
• LOTO training board

Urban Alliance Technical Center

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