Talent Resources

These Talent Resources are categorized by questions we hear from employers who are seeking resources for training assistance, getting involved with schools, or navigating an employee to feel more connected with the community. 


How can I help my new employees (and their families) connect with the community?

Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals Connect with young professionals through social and networking opportunities. 
West Coast Chamber Affinity Groups Explore affinity groups such as Smart Coast Engineers, Manufacturing, 424, Women's groups, Marketing group, to network in a smaller group and gain the ideas, inspiration and support to keep you on top of your business.
Holland Area Newcomers This group promotes friendship among residents of the greater Holland area, sponsoring and assisting with community projects. 
Hello West Michigan Connect with this resource that specializes in recruiting newcomers to the area and helping trailing spouses find employment. 
Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance Connect with others in the community by assisting with a cause or population you feel passionate about. Notable organizations include Women Who Care, Community SPOKE and Junior Welfare League. 
Greater Ottawa County United Way Help others through the United Way and volunteer center for Ottawa County. 
Allegan County United Way Help others through the United Way and volunteer center for Allegan County. 
Junior Welfare League The organization's mission is "to enrich the lives of children" in the greater Holland area.
Women Who Care Women working together to make a difference locally.
Community Spoke Leadership from health & human services organizations utilizing data to identify community needs.


How does my company get involved with the schools?

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) Connect with this resource and share what you envision your involvement to look like. OAISD provides personalized learning opportunities, and can guide you to an experience engaging students that fits your organization. The Careerline Tech Center specifically prepares middle and high school students to be career and college-ready. Future Prep'd inspires middle and high schoolers to explore manufactiring fields. 
Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (AAESA) Connect with this resource and share what you envision your involvement to look like. AAESA provides personalized learning opportunities, and can guide you to an experience engaging students that fits your organization. The Tech Education Center prepares Allegan County middle and high school students to be career and college-ready. 
MI Career Quest Plan an experience for students at this career exploration event held annually in the spring at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Students rotate through four high-demand industries: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Health Sciences and Information Technology.  
Manufacturing Week Plan an event or open your facility for tours for students to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This event is held annually the first week of October. Bussing to employer manufacturing facilities from schools is provided. 
Reading Now Network Get involved with this network of superintendants and other education and community leaders to improve early literacy and, ultimately, student achievement across all grade levels.
FIRST Robotics League Sponsor or lead a robotics competitive team and have the hardest fun you'll ever have. These teams are growing as interest increases in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math options for students expand. 
FIRST Lego League Sponsor or lead a Lego robotics team, similar to above, but with these lovable building blocks. 


Where else can you be looking for an employee?

 
Vocational Village Rethink where you find talent. Vocational Village trains prisoners in skilled trades, preparing them for valuable positions with nationally recognized certificated of employment open release.
Talent Pipeline Management Make strategic alignments between classromm and career intentional community collaborations that strengthen your pipeline to talent.  
Veterans Become a publicly recognized certified veteran-friendly employer and improve your efforts to recruit and retain high-quality veteran candidates. 
Handshake Reach college talent across the nation and discover and hire the right candidates for your team through Handshake.
New Day Staffing Help to remove the employment barriers caused by incarceration or addiction by partnering with 70x7 Life Recovery and find your next hire.
Blue Perspective Rely on Blue Perspective for 3rd party inspection, containment, rework, and other quality support services.   
Lakeshore Human Resources
Management
Association
LHRMA gives access to valuable information, education, and networking opportunities to strengthen your team. 
Goodwill Industries Explore Goodwill Center to not only find your future workforce but to also support the one you currently have. Goodwill offers support services that help people to keep and find jobs.
Hope Network Remove barriers for your workforce with help from the Hope Network's deep, broad, and connected services. 

Apprenticeship/Intership/Training Support

 
Department
of Labor
Check here for all options or to start. The registered application will help you qualify for training grants througout the State of Michigan.
Muskegon Community College Meet the challenge of global and local competition through a variety of training options.  
Going Pro These funds are awarded to assist in training, developming and retaining current and newly hired employees.
Grand Circus Find tech talent by accessing over 1,000 students who have graduated from computer programming programs or send your own all-star employees to bring their training back to you.
Grand Rapids Community College Develop your workforce through a variety of customized offerings through GRCC.   
Michigan Manufacturing
Technology
Center
Work smarter to compete and prosper with personalized consulting services including lean and supervisory training. 
Michigan New Jobs Partners with GRCC to provide training fund for new employees through the State of Michigan.