Grand Rapids Community College efforts to work with employers to connect residents with in-demand career skills is being honored by West Michigan Works! as the 2022 Partner of the Year.
West Michigan Works! annually recognizes an organization for its partnership, collaboration and contributions to workforce development. Awardees are selected by the West Michigan Works! Workforce Development Board.
The organization works with employers to provide jobseekers with the support, training and services they need to get back to work, find new employment, and obtain needed credentials.
GRCC was nominated for its demonstrated commitment to advancing workforce development in West Michigan.
“Congratulations Grand Rapids Community College, our Partner of the Year, for their outstanding collaboration on regional workforce development programs and initiatives!” WMW! Director of Talent Solutions Tasha Evans said.
“GRCC has worked with WMW! to create career pathways through JobSync and CareerPoint. To develop career pathways maps through grant programs such as One Workforce. As the administrator of major workforce initiatives such as One Workforce, Talent Pathways and MiLEAP, GRCC provides strategic leadership on the WMW! workforce development board and various committees and councils.”
Julie Parks, GRCC Dean and Executive Director of Workforce Training, and Interim Dean of Business and Industry, accepted the award on behalf of the college at the organization’s annual board meeting on Monday.
“We are honored to have our partnership with West Michigan Works! Recognized,” Parks said. “Working together with our employers will make West Michigan the place people will want to move to for rewarding careers.”
GRCC each year provides thousands of students with career skills training, with partnerships with more than 450 area employers. Classes are offered at the downtown campus, Leslie Tassell MTEC in Grand Rapids and the GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland.
Students can work with career coaches and job developers to gain employability skills. Staff also works with students to determine if they are eligible for programs such as One Workforce and Metallica Scholars. Which lower or eliminate costs for training in select areas.
Additional information is available at grcc.edu/workforcetraining