West Michigan Construction Institute

ABC Office and WMCI Trade School
Grand Rapids, MI

West Michigan Construction Institute features state-of-the-art construction labs, ample classrooms, and plenty of space for students to gather and learn. The Associated Builders (ABC) and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter (WMC) launched this vocational training center to fill the construction talent gap. The building includes classrooms, a construction lab and meeting rooms, and offices at 801 Century Ave. SW, west of US-131. 

The institute is designed to be a hub for the recruitment, development and placement of talent for the commercial construction industry of West Michigan.  ABC / WMC is a vocational education center focused on developing Juniors, Seniors and Adults into a skilled workforce of construction professionals in Grand Rapids to help fill a growing talent gap and ensure the sustainability of the industry, long-term. 

WMCI offers high school programs coordinated with area high schools and community-wide training programs. WMCI’s evening classes focus on apprentices and the development of those already employed in the industry. 

In addition to carpentry and plumbing programs the center offers English as a second language. The training center addresses a need across the industry for skilled workers to complete construction projects in various categories, and also serves as an entry point for employees to work in the commercial construction industry. 

WMCI students can enroll in programs that include core construction, carpentry, electrical, interior finishes, and plumbing, as well as pursue certifications or professional development in additional specialties such as becoming a technician. Certified or a Copper Installer from Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI). The duration of each program ranges from one-week certifying training to multi-year apprenticeship and craft training programs. The Electrical Program is a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.


13,500.0 SQ FT
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