PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
Invest in your current & future workforce
Discover Manufacturing can connect you to regional opportunities, initiatives and activities to engage future manufacturers, train and retain your current workforce and create awareness of West Michigan’s advanced manufacturing.
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Discover Manufacturing Week: a coordinated, regional effort to address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors to the community.
MiCareerQuest: a regional, hands-on career exploration event that brings more than 8,000 middle and high school students together to learn about careers through interactive exhibits and conversations with industry professionals.
Industry Led Collaborative: a collaborative training program based on manufacturer needs in the region of West Michigan.
Career Pathways Development: a project to develop a model for career pathways in the manufacturing industry that works effectively at the intersection of the demand-side and the supply-side of organizations and meets the needs of employers and community partners.
Adopt a School: to provide a repository of best practices and How-To’s to assist both employers and educators in the initial steps to establish a “working” relationship. In other words, helping employers understand the path to engaging with educators and vice-versa.
Parent Engagement: an effort to increase parent engagement in our initiatives to promote manufacturing careers in West Michigan.
Best Practices Seminars: an industry-wide collaboration to share best practices within the manufacturing industry, such as solving problems and recruitment models.
Going PRO Talent Fund: assists employers with funds for training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill the employer's talent needs. Training must lead to a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry.
Mobile Manufacturing Lab: a mobile manufacturing experience. Showcase the latest in advanced manufacturing technology firsthand at your location. The Mobile Manufacturing Lab contains a virtual welder, 3D printer, mini mill, and a mini lathe. To schedule the MML to come to your location/event, please submit this online form or call (616) 234-3159.