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. 

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.