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 50 employers obtain competitive grants totally more than $2.1 million to train 2,000 employees. 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.

Employers who have succeeded in getting grants over the past several years include:

Bay County

Advanced Tex Screen Printing
Cambron Engineering
Dow Corning
ELM Ballscrew
J&T Tool and Die
Mark 7 Machine
Michigan Sugar
Modern Machine
Renosol Corp.
Northern Concrete Pipe General
Northern Michigan Aggregates
General Motors
RWC, Inc.
York Repair

Gratiot County

Apex Marine
Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing
Brinks Machine
Burford Plumbing & Heating
Integrity Fab & Machine
Michigan Agricultural Commodities
Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing

Midland County

Case Systems
Dow Chemical Company
ECM Systems
Falcon RME, LLC
Freeland Steel Erectors
GE Insulation
Ingersoll CM Systems
International Engineering & Manufacturing
J.E. Johnson
MidMichigan Health
Savant Group
Sugar Construction
Tannas Company
Scientific Anglers
Three Rivers Construction

Isabella County

American Mitsuba
Bandit Industries
Bill’s Custom Fab
BGL Assets Services, LLC
Dayco Products
Delfield Company Welbilt
General Agency Company
J. Ranck Electric
Maeder Brothers, Inc.
Mears Group
Morbark, Inc.
Steelhead Industries

Saginaw County

Accurate Carbide Tool
AHB Tooling & Mfg. Inc.
AIS Equipment
Amigo Mobility International, Inc.
Duperon Corporation
Endurance Carbide
Erie Custom Signs
Fullerton Tool Company, Inc.
GM Saginaw Metal Castings
Hausbeck Pickle Company
Hemlock Semiconductor Operations
International Materials
Johnson Carbide Products
JRB Personnel
Kapex Manufacturing, LLC
KUKA Assembly and Test Corp.
Means Industries Inc.
Merrill Technologies Group
Miller Mold Company
Mistequay Group
Mobile Medical Response
Morley Companies
Nexteer Automotive
R&M Machine Tool International
R&S Cutter Grind
Saginaw Rock Products
Spicer Group
Star Crane and Hoist Service
U.S. Graphite, Inc.
Wineman Technologies Group
Zentx Media Group

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.