On January 21, 2022, the State of Michigan awarded SEMCA WIN the EV Jobs Academy employer-led collaborative $5 million grant to convene over 120 stakeholder and employer partners in eight working collaboratives and project teams to develop electrified vehicle and mobility talent pipeline solutions on the same ten-year timeline as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Led by the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA), the EV Jobs Academy was launched on March 17, 2022, with more than 135 attendees. The employer-led collaborative is structured around the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) strategies. Over a dozen WIN staff and EV Jobs Academy collaboration and project lead members completed the TPM certification training cohort in July.

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EV Jobs Academy Talent Pipeline Management Certified Team

WIN provides special recognition to Erika Nielsen for her six years of service as a Co-Chair on the MAGMA Governing Board and Chair of EV Jobs Academy. Nielsen will assume a new role at BorgWarner and MAGMA Governing Board members will nominate and appoint a new MAGMA Co-Chair and EV Jobs Academy Chair at the MAGMA Governing Board meeting in January 2023.


Erika Nielsen Presenting during TPM Training in Lansing.

In late August, SEMCA WIN was awarded a $5,820,000 four-year U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) grant. The project titled Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) Pre-Apprenticeship Training Academy (PTA) is aimed at developing additional employer-friendly apprenticeship tools and resources to be available through the AMCAI hub, which was initially developed under the 2015 USDOL American Apprenticeship Innovation (AAI) grant. ABA also funds the formation of the Mitten Chapter Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), bringing together industry and stakeholder groups, training, computer simulation equipment, and a FAME instructor for the FAME Mitten Chapter and the Health Careers Alliance for Southeast Michigan (HCA) employer-led collaborative. View the ABA USDOL press release by clicking here.

The HCA and the Michigan Rural Enhanced Access to Careers in Healthcare (MiREACH) grant achieved the development of new standards for Registered Nurse (RN) apprenticeship, which is one of the top achievements of the year. The HCA employer-led healthcare collaborative is designed to organize employers to address the common talent needs of over 23 major healthcare systems statewide.

As GST Michigan Works! is situated in a rural area, WIN recognizes its achievement in exceeding all MiREACH outcomes two years early. Additional WIN partners serving rural healthcare providers include Michigan Works! Southeast, and SEMCA!

With Oakland Community College (OCC) serving as the grantee and fiscal agent for the four-year USDOL Closing the Skills Gap (CSG) Apprenticeship grant, which began in 2020, the WIN project management team reports a total of 1,914 participants served and a total of 360 engaged employers in the CSG grant at the close of the year. We are extremely thankful for all our CSG partners and OCC’s dedication and support to help us close the skills gap! And in July, the USDOL announced the inaugural cohort of Apprenticeship Ambassadors including four WIN partners and nine other organizations in the State of Michigan. View the full news story by clicking here. 

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Cameron, Kim, Amanda and Halie during an OCC visit

Under the Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) 398 participants have been served for short-term certification training by Macomb-St. Clair Michigan Works!, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC), Monroe Community College, SEMCA, Michigan Works! Southeast and Jackson College. This grant continues to support a wide range of participants in training preparation programs for Utility Line Workers, LPN, CDL-A, Construction, IT, Sterile Processing Technicians, Dental Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, and more.

The regional Curriculum Development Committee, as part of the USDOL One Workforce Industry Infinity, was kicked off with Dr. Patricia Chatman of Henry Ford College serving as the Chair and presiding over meetings to swiftly move from “idea to catalog” on cybersecurity frontline worker certification training programs. The Transportation Collaborative is chaired by Michigan Department of Transportation’s Workforce Programs and Recruitment Unit Manager James Fults. The employer-led collaborative seeks industry involvement to develop talent pipeline solutions for high-demand occupations in transportation, distribution, and logistics. The Industry Infinity grant provides over $4.6 million in training reimbursement funds to employers in the manufacturing, transportation, and information technology sectors with approximately 453 participants enrolled in training at the middle of the grant period of performance.

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The WIN Data and Research team continues to produce and post quarterly and annual labor market reports on winintelligence.org. Electrified vehicle and mobility occupation career profiles are being developed for release in Q1 2023. The Data and Research team is planning to lead the development of a five-year 2023-2028 Michigan Workforce and Career Resources Guide, which will be provided as a benefit of the new WIN Affiliate Partner program. Click here to learn more about the WIN Affiliate Membership Program.

WIN values and appreciates all the hard work done by the Board of Directors’ organizations, employee partners, and affiliates. We could not do this vital work without your support and efforts. From the whole WIN team, we wish you tidings of comfort and joy during the holiday season and a healthy and Happy New Year!

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