Michigan Works! Southeast Hires Seasoned Apprenticeship Expert Richard Scott as New Business Services Manager

JACKSON COUNTY, MI., September 6, 2023 – With their sights set on the future of Michigan’s workforce, Michigan Works! Southeast filled a major position on their Business Services division. Richard Scott will lead as the new Business Services Manager. He and his team are dedicated in connecting employers with workers, resources, and opportunities in five counties; Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Washtenaw.

Scott, known as “Scotty”, comes to Michigan Works! Southeast from Consumers Energy where he served as Manager of Electric Operations Joint Apprenticeships Committees.  In this role, he supported and directed a team of five Joint Apprenticeship Committees.   Prior to joining Consumers, Scotty was the Director of Apprenticeships and Career and Employment Services at Lansing Community College for approximately five years.  In that position, he directed the daily support of the Career and Employment Services Department to evaluate current apprenticeship, internships, and externships experiences and activities.

Spend a few minutes with him, and you’ll catch his enthusiasm for what he does.  “I am driven by a mission to connect people with industry and industry with people,” said Scott.  He’s in the right place. Apprenticeships and on the job training are major areas of focus for Michigan Works! Southeast. “We are thrilled to welcome Richard Scott to the Michigan Works! Southeast team,” said Michigan Works! Southeast Deputy Director Misty Shulters, “With an impressive track record in the realm of apprenticeships, coupled with a rich background spanning both the private sector and higher education, Scott brings a unique blend of expertise that will undoubtedly elevate our approach to business services.”

Michigan Works! Southeast is an official source for Michigan’s designated workforce development services. From individual apprenticeships for small businesses to group hiring events, Michigan Works! Business Service Professionals match businesses with local, state, and federal programs to meet organizational training and employment goals.

“Business Services is akin to the skeletal system in the human body,” said Executive Director Shamar Herron. “It provides the framework by which all of our other services can thrive and that is why we consider ourselves a Demand Driven workforce system.”

And it’s this system where Shulters believes Scott’s experience will really shine, “His extensive experience will play a pivotal role in propelling our workforce development initiatives forward, fostering innovation and collaboration as we continue to shape the future of our industry.”


To learn more about Michigan Works! Southeast, visit www.mwse.org/