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Expungement Clinic Helps Create New Talent Pool

On January 16, 2020, 195 Muskegon County residents entered the doors at our Muskegon Service Center. Even though some had to wait two hours to be seen, the general attitude was of hope and appreciation. Why? Because they were there to apply for an expungement—or have a criminal conviction(s) removed […]

How the Going PRO Talent Fund Helps Local Companies Compete and Win

The success stories highlighting how the Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF) has impacted a company are as diverse as the companies they represent. The stories include a range of challenges: from general needs, like assistance with increasing efficiencies to reduce costs while maintaining product quality; to highly-specific needs, like ISO [...]

Workforce Training Funds Generate Strong ROI

The Going PRO Talent Fund was designed to help employers upskill their current workforce and train new hires to address the growing skilled-labor shortage. Funds awarded in 2019 to West Michigan employers through the highly competitive grant process resulted in training for 2,243 existing workers and 4,447 new hires. Workforce [...]

Success Story: Angelique

Success Story

Imagine showing up to your job and learning that your employer had closed overnight. You are left with no income, which means facing foreclosure on your home. Where do you turn to ensure you can care for your family?

It happened to our customer, Angelique, and this is her story.