Join us to help develop a diverse and skilled workforce to meet the health care talent needs of West Michigan.



The West Michigan Health Careers Council has partnered with Spectrum Health and Grand Rapids Community College to provide training for community health workers.

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate from MiCHWA and GRCC and will become MiCHWA-certified. Competencies covered include:

  • CHW role in public health and health systems.

  • Organization and resources.

  • Legal and ethical responsibilities.

  • Teaching and capacity-building skills.

  • Communication and culture.

  • Coordination, documentation and reporting.

  • Healthy lifestyles.

  • Mental health.

To obtain the certificate, all class content must be completed with an 80% passing grade for each competency. Time outside of class for homework assignments is approximately two hours per week. Total course hours 126 (plus 40 internship hours if not currently employed as a CHW).


CHW course –

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, February 2 - May 4, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Classes offered virtually by Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.

Tuition cost ($1,000) will be covered by WMHCC as available. Contact Ally Mills at for more information. 


WMHCC works with area schools to inspire the next generation to explore health care as a career. Through partnerships, youth programs, training and more – we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to engage the upcoming workforce.

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MiCareerQuest, an innovative, experiential career event, was created in 2015 by Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties (now West Michigan Works!), Kent ISD and the Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA) in response to employers’ need for future talent in Construction, Healthcare, Information Technology and Manufacturing. Learn more here –



We work with employers and community partners to encourage careers in the health care industry.


With West Michigan Works! WMHCC has worked to develop two medical apprenticeship programs: Sterile Processing and Medical Assistant. We make it easy for employers to provide a registered apprenticeship program by collaborating with local community colleges and training providers to develop classroom curriculum and registering your apprentices with the U.S. Department of Labor.


West Michigan Health Career Pathways Initiative is a collaborative of healthcare employers, educators, workforce development, and economic development organizations working together to meet West Michigan’s healthcare talent needs. We offer employers opportunities to help solve their healthcare talent needs- whether that be developing pools of qualified candidates, utilizing proven assessment tools, engaging in training programs, or opening access to training funding streams, among others.



We work to create and provide ways to learn and enter the industry as well as be an effective employee in the health care field.


The goal of West Michigan Works! and America’s Promise Grant (APG) is to strengthen the pipeline of skilled workers in the health care Industry. Job seekers acquire the credentials and skills they need to advance into skilled health care jobs through training and the use of career portfolios. For more information on APG visit


More information coming soon. Stay tuned!

We work to find funding opportunities to support the efforts of the WMHCC.



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The Retention Solutions Network @ West Michigan Works! offers customized, timely, in-person support and training to keep your employees on the job and your business thriving. Contact Jennifer Mitchell at 616-336-3613 or to learn more.

We work to find ways to help healthcare employees to stay within the industry or at their organization.



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