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Going PRO Talent Fund

The Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF) creates jobs and new opportunities for jobseekers our region by helping businesses expand and upskill their workforce. Employers apply to receive competitive grants to hire more workers and train their existing employees, often resulting in higher wages and more lucrative career prospects.

2021 Award

Get a second chance at funding!

The Going PRO Talent fund has new opportunities for employers participating in Industry Led Collaboratives, an innovative strategy to help employers to close the skills gap.

An Industry-Led Collaborative (ILC) is a network of businesses, training providers, and workforce agencies that use the power of collaboration to identify opportunities to upskill their workforce. With exclusive access to additional dollars from the GoingPRO Talent Fund, participating companies can fill in-demand jobs and create lucrative career opportunities for their employees.

Are you ready to close the talent gap? Contact us to learn more about Industry Led Collaboratives!

Celebrating Success

Paragon Metals, Inc. is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of automotive, truck, industrial and heavy equipment to Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Volvo, and recently expanded its Michigan footprint by adding another facility in the Hillsdale Industrial Park. In order to adequately staff growth, the company worked closely with Michigan Works! to apply for the Going PRO Talent fund and was awarded $18,000 to jumpstart electrical apprenticeships and hire 10 new employees, such as Cole Breault.

"Without the Going PRO training money we wouldn’t be in as good as a position as we are now. This is a huge benefit for not just our employees, but for economic development in the region."

Chris Poling, Training & Safety Coord. at Paragon Metals

Cole Breault was a recent high school graduate with no prior work experience. Michigan Works! Southeast connected him with Paragon Metals who were happy to hire him thanks to additional funding from the GPTF grant.

"I feel more confident and I feel less intimidated by the career/working kind of environment. It makes it a little bit easier…"

Cole Breault

As a result of this growth – and the Going PRO Talent Fund that helped make it possible Paragon Metals and Cole Breault have both become vibrant parts of the economic resurgence in Hillsdale County.

2021 Award Winners

Company Name City County Amount Awarded
Brembo North America, Homer Operations Homer Calhoun County $70,355.00
Paragon @ Oaks at Northpointe Woods Battle Creek Calhoun County $4,100.00
Oaks at Northpointe Woods Battle Creek Calhoun County $39,000.00
Paragon @ Oaks at Woodfield Grand Blanc Genesee County $2,640.00
Oaks at Woodfield Grand Blanc Genesee County $36,000.00
Hillsdale Hospital Hillsdale Hillsdale County $49,236.00
Livonia Tool & Laser Litchfield Hillsdale County $22,345.00
Precision Gage, Hillsdale Hillsdale Hillsdale County $18,000.00
Jesco Industries, INC Litchfield Hillsdale County $2,290.00
Paragon @ Willows at East Lansing East Lansing Ingham County $3,520.00
Paragon @ Willows at Okemos Okemos Ingham County $2,340.00
Willows at East Lansing East Lansing Ingham County $37,500.00
Willows at Okemos Okemos Ingham County $37,500.00
Lomar Machine & Tool CO Horton Jackson County $42,970.00
Aladdin Jackson Jackson County $9,950.00
Accubilt Automated Systems, LLC Jackson Jackson County $8,100.00
America’s Preferred Home Warranty Jackson Jackson County $79,125.00
Technique, Inc Jackson Jackson County $53,198.00
ELCO Enterprises, Inc. Jackson Jackson County $10,400.00
Diversified Engineering and Plastics Jackson Jackson County $11,675.00
HENRY FORD ALLEGIANCE HEALTH Jackson Jackson County $112,500.00
Consumers Energy Jackson Jackson Jackson County $408,000.00
Advance Turning & Manufacturing, Inc. Jackson Jackson County $48,220.00
American Tooling Center Grass Lake Jackson County $77,897.00
Industrial Steel Treating Co. Jackson Jackson County $22,500.00
Automated Logistics Systems Jackson Jackson County $35,090.00
A Plus Electric Inc. Clarklake Jackson County $11,000.00
Paragon @ Ridgecrest/Mission Point Jackson Jackson County $2,940.00
PCA Curo Pharmacy Grand Rapids Kent County $36,000.00
Paragon @ Oaks at Byron Center Byron Center Kent County $880.00
Oaks at Byron Center Byron Center Kent County $33,000.00
Paragon @ Stonegate Lapeer Lapeer County $5,280.00
Stonegate Health Campus Lapeer Lapeer County $49,500.00
Kirchoff Automotive USA, Inc. Tecumseh Lenawee County $50,440.00
Wacker Chemical Corporation Adrian Lenawee County $175,234.00
Axis Engineering Britton Lenawee County $15,263.00
L & W Engineering Blissfield Lenawee County $8,350.00
AGET Manufacturing Company Adrian Lenawee County $3,500.00
David Giles-Solved Clinton Lenawee County $1,500.00
TG Fluid Systems Brighton Livingston County $59,206.00
Thai Summit America Corporation Howell Livingston County $114,677.00
CAE Inc. Hamburg Livingston County $10,990.00
Vista Springs Astounding Joy Howell Livingston County $36,400.00
Aludyne North America, Inc. Howell Livingston County $7,895.00
Boss Engineering Howell Livingston County $7,900.00
Willows at Howell Howell Livingston County $39,000.00
Ultra Aluminum Manufacturing Howell Livingston County $11,940.00
Brighton NC Machine Brighton Livingston County $39,510.00
Ventra Fowlerville Fowlerville Livingston County $40,500.00
Paragon @ Willows at Howell Howell Livingston County $2,060.00
Paragon @ Shelby Crossing Utica Macomb County $8,200.00
Paragon @ Orchard Grove Romeo Macomb County $2,340.00
Shelby Crossing Health Campus Utica Macomb County $49,500.00
Orchard Grove Health Campus Romeo Macomb County $46,500.00
Acme Mills LLC Bloomfield Hills Oakland County $35,555.00
Paragon @ Westlake Commerce Township Oakland County $4,100.00
Paragon @ Novi Lakes Novi Oakland County $5,280.00
Westlake Health Campus Commerce Township Oakland County $49,500.00
Lakes of Novi Novi Oakland County $39,000.00
Huron Valley Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $21,000.00
Hopp Electric Chelsea Washtenaw County $30,000.00
Tri-County Electric Saline Washtenaw County $19,500.00
Shaw Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $9,000.00
AF Smith Electric Ypsilanti Washtenaw County $3,000.00
A & N Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $1,500.00
Epic Races Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $999.00
MMI Engineered Solutions Saline Washtenaw County $46,495.00
Kyocera Unimerco Tooling, Inc Saline Washtenaw County $43,500.00
Ashcott Electrical Whitmore Lake Washtenaw County $1,500.00
Brentwood Electric Dexter Washtenaw County $1,500.00
Dan’s Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $1,500.00
QED ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS INC Dexter Washtenaw County $13,585.00
MC3 Cardiopulmonary Dexter Washtenaw County $1,500.00
GESTAMP WASHTENAW LLC Chelsea Washtenaw County $22,705.00
Haley Mechanical Dexter Washtenaw County $22,813.00
Human Element, Inc Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $60,000.00
Michigan Medicine – Health Information Technology & Services Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $58,776.00
American Soy Products Saline Washtenaw County $27,290.00
Nativas Systems-Jackson Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $46,980.00
Zero Hour Parts Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $42,680.00
Hatch Stamping Company Chelsea Washtenaw County $14,949.00
Nostrum Energy LLC Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $16,723.00
WORKIT HEALTH, INC Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $11,027.00
Nativas Systems-Venture Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $72,050.00
MedImage, Inc. Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $3,495.00
Logic Solutions, Inc. Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $19,717.00
National Fiber Construction Dexter Washtenaw County $68,325.00
TorranceLearning Chelsea Washtenaw County $20,400.00
ComForCare Home Care Washtenaw Ypsilanti Washtenaw County $51,830.00
Modular Elements Design Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $9,000.00
Leon Speakers Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $32,375.00

TOTAL: $3,043,105