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Talent Pathways Program

The Talent Pathways Program is designed to help employers forge a path to success for current and future employees, leading to improved talent retention & recruitment.

The Talent Pathways Program is designed to help employers forge a path to success for current and future employees, leading to improved talent retention & recruitment. Participants in the program will receive grant funding to:

  • Create career pathways in partnership with local training providers and community partners that result in sought-after industry credentials and certifications
  • Access and develop a diverse talent pool
  • Build a culture of success for low-income employees

This program will fund up to 20 companies who can receive up to $25,000 in reimbursed training expenses, including wages.

Informational Session:

Learn more about the Talent Pathways Program and ask questions at our informational session on Feb. 2nd at 8:00AM. Register here. If you cannot attend the informational meeting, please register and a recording of the webinar will be sent after the session is completed.

Who can apply:

Advanced Manufacturing and Technology employers located in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ottawa Counties. Applicants must commit to completing Work-Ready credentials and/or advanced manufacturing and technology certificates or apprenticeships for at least 5 employees by March 2023.

How to apply:

The application will launch February 2, 2022. To apply for consideration, submit your online application by February 16. Applications will be reviewed and awarded by March 1, 2022.

Thank You to Our Program Partners

This program wouldn't be possible without the support received from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Contact Jodi for more information

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Jodi Nichols

Executive Director, Lake County Economic Development Alliance | Program Manager

Jodi serves as the Executive Director of the Lake County Economic Development Alliance. In this role, she provides business support services to prospective and existing companies. She works to improve the overall economic state of Lake County through business retention, expansion, and attraction. She is currently the Interim Executive Director of the Oceana County Economic Alliance, as well.

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