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West Michigan Works!

West Michigan Works! is part of the statewide Michigan Works! system, serving the employers and job seekers of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

In partnership with employers, educators, economic developers and community organizations, we work to create a qualified workforce that meets our region’s current and future talent needs and fuels our shared economic future.


The series of recent events highlighting the routine and perpetual inequities that people of color continue to face have reignited new frustrations about the lack of progress we’ve made in changing systems that perpetuate prejudice, bias and inequity.

Read more about our commitment to stand against inequity.

The Essential Service Awards honor hardworking service workers in our community.

The people we encounter throughout our day have the ability to improve our lives one interaction at a time. Their jobs are essential to West Michigan. Each day these individuals, whether on the front line or behind the scenes, complete tasks that allow our community to thrive. And in 2020, frontline workers became even more essential to keeping our economy running!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Essential Service Awards. Click the Let’s Go button below to submit a nomination.

Winners announced in March!

Join our Team!

West Michigan Works! is looking for individuals to join our team. We offer generous benefits including:
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Vacation & Sick Time
  • Medical, Dental & Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Pension Benefits

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$13 - $89


West Michigan Post

A leading news source for West Michigan’s work force.

Innovation & Flexibility Drive Success in 2020

How West Michigan Works! Pivoted to Make an Impact in 2020 The year 2020 started out with unemployment at a historical low—around 3%. In the blink of an eye, COVID-19 wiped out an entire decade of economic recovery from the last recession. Businesses shut down, and we found ourselves back [...]

Become an Emergency Medical Technician

Get Started on the Path to a Life-Changing, Life-Saving Career Are you looking for a career that will make a difference in the lives of others? Or are you interested in a medical career but not sure how to get started? A group of Barry County organizations have teamed up to offer Basic EMT training along with additional services, like financial aid and job placement assistance, for students.  Emergency [...]

Partner of the Year: Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center

Congratulations to ACATEC, our 2020 Partner of the Year West Michigan Works! recognizes Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center (ACATEC) as its 2020 Partner of the Year for their commitment to providing accessible vocational training opportunities in Allegan County.   ACATEC has been and continues to be a primary partner in Allegan County, working [...]

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