Going PRO Talent Fund

The Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF) creates jobs and new opportunities through competitive training grants for employers like you! Winners receive funds to hire talent and upskill current employees, with customized training solutions to meet the needs of your business.

Over $2+ Million were awarded to Southeast Michigan businesses last year, resulting in 700+ new jobs and 1,300+ employees trained. What can the #Going PRO talent fund do for your business?


Going PRO Employer Information Session Full Recording

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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.

2022 Award Winners

Company Name City County Awarded Amount
Diversified Engineering and Plastics Jackson Jackson County $18,462.85
Huron Valley Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $19,260.00
Spot Design Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $35,524.00
Dunnage Engineering Inc. Brighton Livingston County $59,494.14
Veritas Vineyard LLC Jackson Jackson County $29,810.20
Our Family Friend, LLC Somerset Center Hillsdale County $13,910.00
Jackson Jackson Jackson County $24,187.35
Hillsdale Hillsdale Hillsdale County $19,013.90
Metal-Technologies-Precision Gage, Hillsdale, MI Hillsdale Hillsdale County $40,125.00
Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. Parma Jackson County $67,410.00
Technique Inc Jackson Jackson County $97,726.31
Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $18,291.65
MCS Fowlerville Livingston County $25,538.76
Tri-County Electric Saline Washtenaw County $12,840.00
A & N Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $1,605.00
AF Smith Electric Ypsilanti Washtenaw County $14,445.00
Hopp Electric Chelsea Washtenaw County $16,050.00
Michigan Medicine – Health Information Technology & Services Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $78,452.40
Dan’s Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $1,605.00
Brentwood Electric Dexter Washtenaw County $8,025.00
Ashcott Electrical Whitmore Lake Washtenaw County $8,025.00
MS Ultrasonic Technology Howell Livingston County $3,740.72
Dexter Dexter Washtenaw County $67,351.15
J.D TOWING LLC Ypsilanti Washtenaw County $22,470.00
Jackson Detroit Wayne County $115,560.00
Lomar Machine and Tool Company Horton Jackson County $105,460.27
Milan Milan Washtenaw County $94,695.00
Kathy Capelli Saline Washtenaw County $25,607.24
Production Saw & Machine, Inc Clarklake Jackson County $38,307.07
Saline Saline Washtenaw County $49,755.00
Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $15,836.00
Hillsdale County Senior Services Center Hillsdale Hillsdale County $9,630.00
Drews Place Hillsdale Hillsdale County $88,275.00
Ross Design and Engineering Cement City Hillsdale County $38,070.60
W2Fuel LLC Adrian Lenawee County $27,060.30
Tribar Technologies Howell Howell Livingston County $104,667.40
CAE Inc. Hamburg Livingston County $10,646.50
FOWLERVILLE Fowlerville Livingston County $3,524.58
Holland Holland Ottawa County $48,989.95
Total Security Solutions Fowlerville Livingston County $38,057.76
Hope Landing Charlotte Eaton County $38,520.00
T-Squared Designs Inc. Brighton Livingston County $6,420.00
Orion Oaks Assisted Living Lake Orion Oakland County $96,300.00
Ypsilanti Ypsilanti Washtenaw County $19,617.38
Jackson Road-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $122,375.90
The Betty Brigade Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $22,470.00
AGET Manufacturing Company Adrian Lenawee County $15,638.05
Hillsdale Hospital Hillsdale Hillsdale County $39,796.51
Timothy Roberts & Associates- Ypsilanti Office Ypsilanti Washtenaw County $19,260.00
The Oaks at Byron Center – Trilogy Byron Center Livingston County $43,335.00
Interim of Washtenaw Ann Arbor Washtenaw County $17,703.15
American Tooling Center Grass Lake Jackson County $58,609.25
Clarklake Clarklake Jackson County $11,235.00
Ventra Fowlerville LLC Fowlerville Livingston County $41,003.47
Ypsilanti Ypsilanti Washtenaw County $1,872.50
The Oaks at Belmont – Trilogy Belmont Livingston County $40,125.00
Oaks at Northpointe Woods – Trilogy Byron Center Livingston County $49,755.00
Westlake Health Campus – Trilogy Commerce Township Oakland County $49,755.00
The Willows of East Lansing – Trilogy East Lansing Ingham County $43,335.00
Willows at Howell – Trilogy Howell Livingston County $43,335.00
Willows at Okemos – Trilogy Okemos Ingham County $49,755.00
Oaks at Woodfield – Trilogy Grand Blanc Genesee County $49,755.00
Stonegate Health Campus – Trilogy Lapeer Lapeer County $52,965.00
Shelby Crossing – Trilogy Utica Macomb County $49,755.00
Novi Lakes – Trilogy Novi Livingston County $43,335.00
Proclean Of Michigan Adrian Lenawee County $11,235.00
Orchard Grove – Trilogy Romeo Livingston County $43,335.00
Jackson Jackson Jackson County $51,360.00
PCA Curo Pharmacy Grand Rapids Kent County $30,495.00

TOTAL: $2,679,957.31