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Workforce & Training

Keeping a team’s skills ahead of the pace of the global marketplace is tough. Our mission is to keep your workforce at the front of the pack! Whether it’s starting with a gap analysis or developing a tailored training course, let us help you address your training needs and understand what is available to you.

K. Scott Fleming, CEcD

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Career Academies

Career Academies and Certificate Programs

Distinctive offerings at the region’s community colleges offer workers a leg up in their industry from automotive to welding to wind turbine technicians.  Intense and extensive industry-level hands-on training prepares workers to excel in their chosen fields such as mechatronics.  Check each school for availability or contact us to discuss developing specific training.

Michigan Works

Our regional Michigan Works! office connects people who need jobs with companies who need to fill jobs throughout the state. Funded by state and federal governments through the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, Michigan Works! is a free service to both employers and job seekers. Services include screening and hiring programs, on-the-job training funds, Worker Opportunity Tax Credits and ongoing training strategies. Marshall is part of Michigan Works! Southwest, serving Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties.

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Regional Resources

Regional Manufacturing Technology Center

The Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC) at Kellogg Community College serves a training facility for employees of area businesses. Innovative and community-driven, training initiatives respond to the region’s needs quickly and effectively. Programs are available both on a walk-in basis and through prior scheduling, and may take place at the RMTC itself, a specific worksite or another community location.

Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium

With the lack of qualified candidates to fill entry-level, technician-level and engineering job openings in Southwest Michigan, the Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium formed in 2011. Today, 158 local manufacturing companies and 17 service provider organizations are invited to meet quarterly to discuss and develop innovative and integrated strategies to address this crucial issue, including on-the-job training, apprenticeships, career advancement, and payment of education.

Regional Intermediate School Districts

In Michigan, an Intermediate School District (ISD) is a governmental agency organized at the county or multi-county level that partners and assists a local school district in providing programs and services. The Calhoun County ISD is a key partner in workforce development in Marshall.

Continuous Improvement Users Group

The Continuous Improvement Users Group is a collaboration of Southwest Michigan companies dedicated to sharing best practices and seeking ideas to improve efficiency and productivity. Continuous Improvement, Total Production Management, Six Sigma and other lean practitioners network on a monthly basis either through tours of best practice or topical discussions. Express your interest to learn more here.

Western Michigan University’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation

The Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation (CAViDS) is an integrated consortium that exists between the university and industry using applied research and computer simulation to make changes to vehicle design and implement repair/replacement issues. Find out more about the CAViDS Consortium.

Western Michigan University College of Aviation

Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation offers the only comprehensive aviation program at a public university in Michigan, and with over 700 undergraduate students. With core work being done in neighboring Battle Creek, MI, it is one of the largest aviation programs in the nation.


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