To increase Michigan’s talent in Professional Trades and apprenticeships, the state’s Talent Investment Agency gathered a group of thought leaders for a conversation moderated by MLive at The Grand Rapids Press, including our CEO, Jacob Maas.
The forum is part of Experience Sooner, a public awareness effort focused on elevating the knowledge of students, parents, educators and employers about the increasingly important role apprenticeships play in meeting Michigan’s current and future workforce needs.
- Stephanie Beckhorn, director, Workforce Development Agency, Michigan Talent Investment Agency
- Callan Eschenburg, program manager, Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI)
- Julie F. Parks, executive director, Workforce Training and the Tassel M-TEC, Grand Rapids Community College
- Jacob Maas, CEO, West Michigan Works!
- Cindy Brown, executive director, Hello West Michigan
- Ron Caniff, superintendent, Kent Intermediate School District
- Shana Welch, executive director, talent acquisition for Trinity Health — Michigan Region and Mercy Health (West Michigan) and St. Joseph Mercy Health System (Southeast Michigan)
- Angie Huyghe, manager of finance and human resources, Swoboda Inc.
- Aphrodite “Apple” M. Jones, lead information training specialist, Spectrum Health
- Roger Curtis, Director, Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan
- Mackenzie Hopkins, intern process engineer, Swoboda Inc.