WCC Partners in New Network to Attract Business
WCC is a founding member of the new Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) for Southeast Michigan, which launched Nov. 15.
The network is funded by a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the New Economy Initiative. The NEI was launched in 2008 as a philanthropic initiative aimed at helping to restore southeast Michigan to a position of leadership in the global economy.
WIN is a region-wide collaborative effort between metro Detroit’s eight community colleges, seven workforce boards, and economic development partners. Its efforts include:
- Gathering, analyzing, and distributing real-time workforce data specific to southeast Michigan.
- Serving as a connection point for regional business, industry, and other stakeholders regarding workforce development.
- Researching talent-related policy concerns.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation also is providing in-kind support to the WIN initiative, including technical expertise and resources.
“The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan was designed to create one comprehensive go-to group for workforce development data, talent, and resources in Southeast Michigan,” said Marilyn Donham, dean of Continuing Education and Community Services at WCC. “Many employers don’t know who offers training or funding in our area. We intend to make those things apparent and easily accessible for new and existing businesses.”
The community colleges besides WCC that are participating in the Workforce Intelligence Network include:
- Macomb Community College
- Monroe County Community College
- Mott Community College
- Oakland Community College
- Schoolcraft College
- St. Clair Community College
- Wayne County Community College District
The seven workforce boards are:
- Career Alliance
- Detroit Workforce Development Department
- Livingston County Michigan Works
- Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works
- Oakland County Michigan Works
- Southeast Michigan Community Alliance
- Washtenaw County Employment, Training and Community Services