Sharon Miller, Vice Chancellor – External Affairs for Oakland Community Colleges, and Bill Sleight, Director for Livingston County Michigan Works! Agency and chair of the Southeast Michigan Works Agency Council, have been re-elected as co-chairs of the Workforce Intelligence Network Board of Southeast Michigan.
WIN is a collaborative effort between eight community colleges, seven Michigan Works! Agencies, and various other academic, economic development, and other partners. Its mission is to help Southeast Michigan businesses find the talent they need for success. WIN accomplishes this using labor market intelligence, providing custom solutions for employers, and promoting innovative policy and practice. For more information on WIN visit http://www.win-semich.org.
In her college role, Ms. Miller oversees government and legislative affairs, business and industry relationships, economic development, grant administration, partnerships. Her duties include collaborating with stakeholders on the national, state, regional and local levels to positively impact the economic condition of the community. Vice Chancellor Miller stated, “WIN is making a real difference in how we bridge the skills gap in Southeast Michigan – real- time data and employer engagement means we can provide the right training for the right people to get the right jobs.”
Mr. Sleight works with area economic development, business and other partners to provide creative solutions to help firms find the talent they need for success. Key initiatives include Intern Livingston and support for the Livingston Business Education Alliance, which engages employers in addressing key talent issues in the community. “I am excited to continue as co-chair of the WIN Board,” noted Sleight. “This powerful collaboration of Workforce Investment Boards and Community Colleges is already transforming the region’s workforce system and is a national model for addressing the critical talent shortages facing advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care, and other key industries.”