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Connecting Talent to Opportunity

Michigan Works! Southeast is on the front lines, meeting the talent demands of local employers and responding to the unique needs of the communities in the five counties of Southeast Michigan: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw. We are focused on the needs of job makers and developing talent for the 21st century economy. Michigan Works! Southeast is locally responsive and demand-driven. We are governed by a Workforce Development Board comprised of private sector representatives and locally-elected officials We are committed to delivering services that help businesses find the skilled workers they need and provide a competitive advantage for job seekers. Michigan Works! Southeast partners with communities to meet the diverse needs of all customers. All ages, skill sets and levels of experience are welcome.
Celebrating Success
Ed Phillips, Executive Manager of Maintenance, congratulates Jake Gaffka upon completion of Electrical Machine Safety Circuits, PLC Communication Devices Allen Bradley, Advanced PLC Maintenance & Trouble Shooting Allen Bradley and Welding & Fabrication
Thai Summit America Corporation (TSAC) hired a host of Maintenance Associate Trainees to service the machines and equipment in its ever-expanding automotive manufacturing facilities. While the trainees possessed a high degree of mechanical aptitude, they lacked formal training and skills. Partnering with Mott Community College Livingston Center (MCC), TSAC was able to implement a comprehensive trainee program to satisfy their needs for knowledge, skills and abilities.

New Customer projects and related capital asset expansions were already in the works. The Maintenance training had to proceed regardless. “That’s where the resourceful know-how of Michigan Works! Southeast Business Services came to the rescue with helpful information and guidance in securing a Skilled Trades Training Fund Grant for TSAC”, stated Bill Kenney, TSAC’s Training Manager.

Twelve TSAC Maintenance Trainee Associates received 3,989 training hours throughout the 10 courses scheduled in the training plan. The instruction helped subsequent hands-on, practical applications on-the-job. The new found knowledge allows trainees to be safer, more efficient, and productive. The training has afforded trainees to be more capable and responsible to get their maintenance tasks completed with minimal set-backs. “The training investment confirms that TSAC values each trainee and seeks to promote the dignity of their work”, affirmed Bill. “The trainees exhibit greater confidence, morale, and self-worth in the workplace and look forward to even more training”.

Michigan Works! Southeast, TSAC and MCC staff worked well together to communicate and complete every step of the Skilled Trades Training Fund process and training. Bill continues, “Michigan Works! Southeast Business Services staff were so very patient and helpful to answer questions, provide direction and advise to complete the grant application and training plan”.