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Talent Development

There are many resources and programs available to assist Montcalm companies with talent and workforce development. To learn more about any of the following programs, please contact Kathy Jo VanderLaan directly via e-mail at vanderlaank@rightplace.org or by calling 616.498.0374.

Technical Training

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - West is a one-stop solution for manufacturers, providing custom consulting, training, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities designed to help manufacturers:

  • Increase revenue and profitability
  • Accelerate speed to market
  • Increase production capacity
  • Improve competitiveness
  • Improve customer responsiveness
  • Increase cost measurement accuracy


Hello West Michigan promotes the region as a place where business thrives and people want to live and work. They seek to increase the rate of success member companies have in their efforts to recruit top talent. Through members and collaborations with other regional organizations, Hello West Michigan helps new residents find their fit in West Michigan. Services include:

Workforce Preparedness and Talent Enhancement

West Michigan Works! is part of a statewide network that connects employers to workers. Its multiple programs and services focus within two program areas:

  • Employer Services - Michigan Works! provides a spectrum of human resources services for area employers, including:
    • Staffing Needs - Benchmarking job related skills, assistance in creating job descriptions, assessment, and screening tools.
    • Talent Attraction - Promoting job openings online, at service centers, through local advertising, and job fairs; pre-hire assessments, resume pre-screening and recruiting.
    • Training - On-the-job training reimbursement, apprenticeship training reimbursement, and training support for existing workforce. These programs are subject to fund availability.
    • Partnerships - identifying support resources from economic developers, trainers, and education centers
  • Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provide the unemployed and underemployed with the tools to re-enter the job market. They include, job search assistance, skill assessment, occupational and on-the-job training , literacy training, post secondary education, and free access to Pure Michigan Talent Connect, which includes the Michigan Talent Bank.

Montcalm Community College

Montcalm Community College will design workforce training to meet your individual business needs. This includes:

  • Apprentice Training
  • Customized Training
  • Workforce Education Training
  • Internship and Job Connections
  • Assessment
  • Occupational Analysis
  • Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP)

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For more information, please contact Kathy Jo VanderLaan directly via e-mail at vanderlaank@rightplace.org or by calling 616.498.0374.