WIN Hosts Special Presentation, First U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeships for Registered Nurses (RN) During Health Careers Alliance

The first United States Department of Labor (USDOL) registered apprenticeship program for Pre-Licensure Registered Nurses (RN) has been brought to fruition due to the steadfast efforts of Meleah Mariani, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Chief Nursing Officer at Corewell Health Ludington Hospital, and Rochelle (Shelly) Boes, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing and Allied Health at West Shore Community College. Jan Karazim, Ed.D, WIN’s Workforce Program Manager for State of Michigan Initiatives will present about the new RN apprenticeship during the December 14  virtual meeting of the Health Careers Alliance (HCA).

“Both healthcare systems approached the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) for assistance with creating a nursing apprenticeship as an innovative strategy to expand accessibility to a nursing career for those who require income and benefits while pursuing a nursing education,” stated Michele Economou Ureste, WIN Executive Director.

Corewell Health Ludington registered apprentices will be enrolled in the West Shore Community College Nursing Program participating in related technical (classroom) instruction, as well as laboratory activities and clinical education. In addition, the apprentices will be employed by Corewell Health Ludington with on-the-job training (OJT) aligned with the preparation necessary for their future careers as a Corewell Health Ludington Hospital registered RN.

“This OJT, in addition to West Shore’s full nursing program, will expedite the time it takes new nurse graduates to become practice-ready to provide exceptional patient care,” said Jan Karazim, Ed.D, WIN Workforce Program Manager.

The Corewell Health Ludington-West Shore Community College team also includes Michigan Works West Central (MWWC). Michelle (Shelly) Keene, MWWC Executive Director and Julie Sanders, MWWC Business Services Specialist have eagerly supported Corewell Health Ludington’s apprenticeship intermediary program with the USDOL and supported by the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) of Southeast Michigan.

WIN facilitated this exciting partnership and will continue to support the team through the Advanced Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) hub. Apprenticeship hub tools and resources for career seekers and employers can be obtained at no cost at

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The Workforce Intelligence Network for southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between ten community colleges and seven Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development organization in southeast Michigan providing employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 19-county area, including Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for southeast Michigan and celebrated 10 years of research, engagements, and solutions in August of 2021. For additional information about WIN visit


The Health Careers Alliance for Southeast Michigan (HCA) is an employer-led healthcare collaborative with over 23 major healthcare systems in Michigan. HCA focuses on several high need occupations in Michigan. Current program teams include Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, and Sterile Processing Technicians. Program teams work to address issues such as awareness about occupations, recruitment to existing training programs, creation of new training programs, if needed, and other activities related to building a strong talent pipeline for in-demand careers in healthcare. HCA is co-facilitated with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN).


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