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

Workforce Training

In the last few years, we’ve helped local employers build a more competitive workforce by providing funding to train thousands of area residents for success in high-demand industries like health care, manufacturing, construction, information technology and business services.

Going Pro Talent Fund

Going Pro Talent Training Funds

Last year, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! helped 49 employers obtain competitive grants totally more than $1.8 million. Previously called Skilled Trades Training Fund — now called the Going Pro Talent Fund — these funds are part of a state program that employers can access only through Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and a proprietary orientation and application process. Eligible training may include blueprint reading, CNC certification, financial accounting, IT certification, process improvement and quality management systems, leadership or management training among others.

Information sessions to learn about these funds usually begin in the summer, with employers working one-on-one with their BST rep to apply by October.


2022 Going Pro Presentation

Employers who succeeded in receiving grants last year include:

Bay County

Cambron Engineering, Inc.
GM GPS – Bay City Plant and Saginaw Metal Casting Operations Plant
Michigan Crossroads Council, Gerace Service Center, Auburn
Michigan Sugar Company
Quantum Composites
Renosol Bay City
United Bay Community Credit Union
Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe
York Repair

Midland County

Alloy Construction Service
Case Systems
Corteva Michigan
Great Lakes Bay Construction
Ingersoll CM Systems, LLC
J.E. Johnson, Inc.
MidMichigan Health-Midland
The Savant Group
Three Rivers Corporation 

Gratiot County

Aircraft Precision – Ithaca
Alma Tire Service Inc
Powell Fab – St. Louis 
Trident Manufacturing

Saginaw County

3D Design & Machining, LLC
AHB Tool & Machinery LLC
Amigo Mobility International, Inc.
Bavarian Inn Corporation – Frankenmuth, Michigan Campus
DHT Group 
Duperon Corporation
Duro-Last Roofing Company
Endurance Carbide
Falcon RME-Freeland Facility
Fullerton Saginaw
Hemlock Semiconductor Operations, LLC 
MERRILL Technologies Group
Mistequay Group, Ltd.
Mobile Medical Response, Inc.
Morley Companies, Inc.
Orchid Orthopedic Solutions
R&S Cutter Grind
Umbra Group 
Visiting Angels – Great Lakes Bay
William A. Kibbe & Associates
Wright-K Technology, Inc.

Isabella County

Isabella Bank

Fast Start Accelerated Training

For several years now, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and Delta College have operated the Fast Start program to meet employer demand for skilled workers on a “just in time” basis. In those years, our partnership has received national acclaim and job placement rates approach 90%.

Talk to your BST to learn about current training programs that might help your organization.