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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.


Thank you, Frontliners!

Futures for Frontliners is a state scholarship program for Michiganders without college degrees who worked in essential industries during the state COVID-19 shutdown in spring 2020 (April 1 – June 30). This scholarship provides these frontline workers with tuition-free access to local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate, either full-time or part-time while you work.

Be Counted 2020

April 1, 2020 was Census Day in the U.S., but there is still time to complete this year’s census questionnaire! The census is an important process that helps determine our representation in all levels of government and how much federal funding goes to our communities. In fact, Michigan stands to lose $18,000 per person over the next 10 years due to an inaccurate count.

Everyone can do their part by completing the census questionnaire accurately and completely. Get started!

Census at home

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.

The Construction Industry is Growing and You Can Grow With It

October is Careers in Construction Month! Did you know?  Michigan will need an estimated 9,000 new construction employees each year.  The gender wage-gap in construction is much lower than other industries. Women earn 95.7% as much as men in construction, 14% more than the average across all industries.  Entry-level construction laborer jobs in West Michigan require [...]

Take Your Resume to the Next Level (and Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired!)

Boost Your Resume to Get Noticed A resume is much more than just another hoop to jump through when trying to get hired. It is an important tool that can set you apart from other applicants. Take the time and care to create a resume that stands out to hiring managers.   Hiring managers aren’t your only [...]

Futures for Frontliners

Frontliners May Qualify for Free Tuition! Michigan is giving back to its essential workers who helped the state to keep running and to get through the Stay Home, Stay Safe order that took place this year due to COVID-19. In September, the Futures for Frontliners program was launched to help thank those frontline workers.    The Futures for Frontliners program is here to help people who worked directly with the public to prepare for […]

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