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Serving Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, & Saginaw Counties

Squash Team

Hiring Innovation: “Squash Team”

Every year around the third week of September, Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn begins an annual tradition of harvesting and processing all the squash they use throughout the year for sides and desserts in their restaurants and eateries. The “squash team,” as it has been dubbed, takes the blue hubbard squash brought in from the fields and cuts, cooks, scrapes, and packages it.  This process takes five … [Read more...]

Need for Medical Assistants Drives New Training Program

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! convened a consortium of regional hospitals and training providers to discuss ongoing hiring needs in the health care industry. The result of our meetings is a new, accelerated training program for medical assistants that begins January 2019. With the help of Covenant HealthCare, McLaren, and MidMichigan Health, Delta College is creating a three-semester … [Read more...]

Apprenticeships Take Off Throughout Michigan

Registered apprenticeships are an industry-driven talent development strategy that combines on-the-job experience with formal classroom learning. Michigan was recently awarded $4 million from the United States Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeships by 2020. "Many employers in our region are looking to build their own talent pipelines,” explains Ann Marie Batkoski, … [Read more...]

Marshall Plan for Talent Turbo Charges Talent Pipeline Creation

Governor Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent has brought together Michigan Works! organizations around the state with their local training/education providers, educators, employers, and community organizations to form an alliance of workforce and education. The goal is to identify high-demand hiring needs and to help students understand the multiple pathways to get to these careers. Two regional … [Read more...]

Mistequay Check Giveaway

Going Pro Talent Funds Bridge Skills Gaps for New AND Existing Employees

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! was recently awarded nearly $1.8 million to fund training for 52 employers in the region. The money comes from the Going Pro Talent Fund (formerly known as the "Skilled Trades Training Fund"), a state-funded program championed by Senator Ken Horn designed to help employers develop the talent they need to compete and grow. The scope of training allowed is broad as … [Read more...]