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Talent Development

Technical Training
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - West is a one-stop solution for manufacturers, providing custom consulting, training and peer-to-peer learning opportunities designed to help manufacturers:
  • Increase revenue and profitability
  • Accelerate speed to market
  • Increase production capacity       
  • Improve competitiveness
  • Improve customer responsiveness
  • Increase cost measurement accuracy 

Workforce Preparedness and Talent Enhancement
The Central Area Michigan Works! Consortium is part of a statewide network that connects employers to workers. Its multiple programs and services focus within two program areas:
  • Employer Services - Michigan Works! provides a spectrum of human resources services for area employers, including
    • Staffing Needs - Benchmarking job related skills, assistance in creating job descriptions, assessment and screening tools. 
    • Talent Attraction -  Promoting job openings online, at service centers, through local advertising, and job fairs;  pre-hire assessments, resume' pre-screening and recruiting  
    •  Training - On-the-job training reimbursement, apprenticeship training reimbursement, training support for existing workforce.  These programs are subject to fund availability.
    • Partnerships - identifying support resources from economic developers, trainers and education centers 
  • Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provide the unemployed and underemployed with the tools to re-enter the job market. They include, job search assistance, skill assessment, occupational and on-the-job training , literacy training, and post secondary education, and free access to Pure Michigan Talent Connect, which includes the Michigan Talent Bank.
To learn more, contact Jennifer Wangler directly via e-mail at or by calling 616.901.9343.