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2020 Annual Report

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michele Economou Ureste, M.P.A.

During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, frontline healthcare workers and the workforce system had a heavy lift. There were approximately 20.8 million unemployment insurance claims in Michigan, and the Michigan Works! system provided a large support to those individuals affected by the pandemic. At the federal level, several U.S. Department of Labor grants were released in the final quarter of 2020 to enable the workforce system to support displaced workers by providing upskilling training opportunities and connecting them to new jobs. 

The WIN non-profit collaborative of eight community colleges and six workforce development boards was recognized in 2020 as one of the strongest workforce collaboratives in the nation for the delivery of apprenticeship and robotics and automation training and education programs through the US DOL America’s Promise and American Apprenticeship Initiative grants.

WIN was awarded a H-1B One Workforce $10 million grant application on Building an Industry Infinity Supply Chain, with the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) serving as the fiduciary. The One Workforce grant will provide over $6 million for four more years of robotics and automation certification training delivery; $2 million in curriculum development for the WIN eight community colleges to work collaboratively on a new Curriculum Development Committee to develop new or update existing education and certification programs in robotics a and automation, cybersecurity and transportation-related high demand occupations. The grant also supports the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA) employer collaborative and a transportation collaborative to obtain skills needs information from industry on developing new training and education programs. WIN also worked collaboratively with the State of Michigan on submitting a $2.5 million H-1B Rural Healthcare application which was awarded and will partially support the work of the Health Career Alliance of Southeast Michigan employer collaborative for four more years. 

Since the pandemic, there have been several retirements on the WIN Board of Directors, and another expected retirement is expected to occur. WIN extends a hearty recognition of the long-term WIN Board of Director’s service contribution of:

• Dave Corba – Macomb Community College

• Bill Sleight – Michigan Works! Southeast

• John Bierbusse – Macomb St. Clair Michigan Works!

• Dr. James Robinson – Wayne County Community College District

Following the establishment of a WIN Finance Committee Chaired by Brandon Tucker from Washtenaw Community College, the WIN Board of Directors unanimously approved the Finance Committee recommendation for a new WIN Sponsor Partner Program that will be extended to economic development, chambers of commerce, government, foundations, corporations, and key non-profit stakeholder partners across southeast Michigan. 

Sincerely,

Michele Economou Ureste, M.P.A.
Executive Director

 

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