Industry Initiatives

Be a Part of the Talent Solution

Regional collaboration is essential to addressing talent, curriculum and advocacy issues. Industry councils bring employers together and, along with community partners, address talent shortages and build a pipeline of talent for the future.

We’re proud to be part of these industry councils in West Michigan.

West Michigan Tech Talent

West Michigan Tech Talent (WMTT) is a group of employers, education providers and workforce experts focused on creating and sustaining a diverse pool of IT talent while promoting West Michigan as a thriving IT community.

Key initiatives:
• GROW – working with education and community partners to ensure that students receive a strong and relevant foundation in technology
• DEVELOP – partnering with employers to create training and development opportunities to address identified IT skills gaps
• RECRUIT – harvesting best practices and tools to help West Michigan employers successfully recruit technology professionals
• U.S.DOL Registered Apprenticeship – computer support specialist

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manufacturing industry council

Discover Manufacturing is a regional network of manufacturers who are committed to addressing the short- and long-term talent needs of West Michigan’s manufacturing industry.

Key initiatives:
• Promote Manufacturing – encourage individuals to consider careers in manufacturing
• MiCareerQuest – hands-on career and college readiness event for middle and high school students
• Manufacturing Week – coordinated effort to showcase the industry and career opportunities available
• U.S.DOL Registered Apprenticeships – industrial manufacturing technician, maintenance technician, maintenance mechanic, tool & die maker,
machine operator, CNC machine specialist, CNC machinist operator, mechatronics technician, welder combination.

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health care industry council

The West Michigan Health Careers Council is an employer-led effort to build a pipeline of health care talent by using proven assessment tools, engaging in training programs, opening access to training funding streams and more.

Key initiatives of the industry council:

  • Advancing demand-driven, evidence-based career pathways to support health care careers
  • Encouraging individuals to consider careers in health care
  • Participating in MiCareerQuest, a hands-on career and college readiness event for middle and high school students
  • Offering U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship programs
  • Improving the availability and coordination of internships and externships

construction industry council

The Construction Workforce Development Alliance of West Michigan (CWDA) was formed by three trade organizations to encourage youth to put their minds and hands to work in the growing, exciting and rewarding field of construction.

Key initiatives:
• MiCareerQuest – hands-on career and college readiness event for middle and high school students
• USDOL Registered Apprenticeships – construction apprentice, mechatronics technician electrical, HVAC installer/servicer
• Craft Training Classes – Construction Core, Carpentry, Concrete, Ironwork, Jump Start, Masonry, Mechanical & Plumbing
• Construction Workforce Development Alliance Rally – celebrates the industry and raises funds to inspire and attract young
people to the construction industry

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The Agribusiness Talent Council (formerly the Food Processing Talent Council) is focused on promoting the industry and careers; increasing training opportunities; and working with educators to align curriculum with the needs of employers.

Key initiatives of the industry council:

  • Food Processing Certificate Program – first-in-Michigan pilot program developed by The Food Processing Council in collaboration with the
    Australian Food Training Center
  • 2017 H-2A: Agricultural Foreign Worker Program – anticipating a record number of H-2A contracts to meet agricultural labor needs
  • MiCareerQuest – hands-on career and college readiness event for middle and high school students