In 2022, the State of Michigan awarded WIN the EV Jobs Academy employer-led collaborative (ELC) grant. The EV Jobs Academy strategy was designed to include over a half dozen working collaboratives and project teams with over 100 statewide employer and stakeholder partners at the time of grant submission, which has expanded since launch in Q1 2022. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) strategy guides the work activities of the EV Jobs Academy to develop the electrified vehicle talent pipeline on the same five-year timeline as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
In August 2022, WIN received one of only nine U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Building America awards nationally. The four-year apprenticeship hub development grant provides funding support for six community college and six Michigan Works! agency partner apprenticeship coordinators involved in the grant, the launch and training of officers to establish the first Michigan “Mitten Chapter” of the Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), and the WIN project managers and experts to develop and manage registered apprenticeship programs and standards on behalf of employers.
In 2022, WIN project managers worked on an unprecedented number of new state and federal grants that were awarded in 2021. The 2022 fiscal year was underscored by recruiting seasoned professionals from academia and the workforce system to launch and manage these complex regional grant strategies which include: 1) the U.S. Department of Labor H1-B One Workforce on Building an Industry Infinity Supply Chain, one of only three $10 million awards nationally, which provides four years of support services and region-wide delivery of cybersecurity, transportation, and advanced manufacturing robotics and automation certification training through all WIN Board member organizations; 2) the State of Michigan, the Michigan Rural Enhanced Access to Careers in Healthcare (MiREACH) grant to develop and deliver healthcare training and education programs in rural areas; 3) the Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) was awarded by the state of Michigan from the period of July 1, 2021 to arrange and deliver short-term training which lead to industry-recognized credentials and employment; 4) the Health Careers Alliance for Southeast Michigan began in 2019 with State of Michigan and WIN Michigan Works! agency partners contributing seed funding, and is currently funded through the 2022 US DOL Apprenticeship Building America grant; and, 5) with Oakland Community College serving as the grantee for the U.S. Department of Labor Closing the Skills Gap Apprenticeship grant, WIN is managing work plan activities, tracking, and reporting for WIN community college and Michigan Works! partners delivering training outcomes against a goal of serving 3,200 total participants by 2024.
Michele Economou Ureste, M.P.A.
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