West Michigan Works! is part of the statewide Michigan Works! system and the workforce development agency in West Michigan that provides workforce solutions.

We serve the employers and job seekers of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties by creating workforce solutions. We partner with employers, educators, economic developers, and community organizations to create a qualified workforce that meets our region’s current and future talent needs and fuels our shared economic future.


Empowering West Michigan through an innovative and inclusive workforce system that supports, connects, and
sustains skilled talent, thriving businesses, and trusted partners.


Leading workforce development strategy and resource alignment in West Michigan by understanding the talent
needs of employers and employment needs of job seekers and connecting them to solutions.


With access to support, resources, and opportunity, individuals can unlock their potential and businesses can

  • Integrity
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Exceptional customer service
  • Commitment to community
  • Data-driven action
  • Continuous improvement


More About West Michigan Works!


West Michigan Works! is governed by a Workforce Development Board comprised of private sector representatives and locally-elected officials.

Learn more about our Workforce Board and Leadership staff.

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 about our stand against inequity