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DGG Legacy Program: Industrial Sewing Certificate Program

In 2012, Detroit Garment Group and stakeholders partnered to create an Industrial Sewing Certificate Program. Our partnership was comprised of DGG, Henry Ford College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, The Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA Michigan Works!), Lear Corporation, IAC and other local employers.

In 2015, DGG, HFC, GRCC and LCC formed the Michigan Industrial Sewing Partnership (MISP) to ensure consistent, high-quality training for industrial sewing throughout the state of Michigan, with the curriculum officially also being taught at Grand Rapids Community College and Lansing Community College.

The Industrial Sewing Certificate Program ensures that each student is trained in the skills necessary to begin working in a variety of cut and sew production industries, utilizing lightweight to heavyweight materials. Day classes are 6-weeks, Monday-Friday, for 180 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Evening classes last 17 weeks, 3 days a week. This is a non-credit, skills-base training program. High quality, professional training is delivered by subject matter experts from the Michigan sewing industry. The curriculum provides individuals with the necessary training to immediately obtain the right skills to enter a rapidly growing industry. Once qualified, graduates are estimated to earn between $10 to $16 per hour according to industry surveys with the possibility of upward movement within some organizations.

Six years later, with the program fully established at all three schools, Detroit Garment Group has moved this initiative to our Legacy Programming as we move forward with a new sewing initiative coming later in 2018. 

If you would like more information on the sewing program at HFC, please contact Jan Artushin at 313-317-6604 or


PRESS RELEASE: Detroit Garment Group and Henry Ford College Partner with Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and St. Clair County Community College to Expand Industrial Sewing Certificate Program Statewide

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