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

IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING

The West Michigan Health Careers Council has put together two sessions of Implicit Bias training for our health care community.

As part of her response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disproportionate impact the virus has on people of color, Governor Whitmer earlier issued Executive Directive 2020-7, requiring health professionals to take implicit bias training.

Here is what you need to know about these VIRTUAL sessions:

  • Choose from two sessions on Wednesday, December 2: 8am-12pm OR 1 – 5pm

  • Registration is limited to three people per organization. If you have more people you would like to send, please check the box in registration, and we will reach out to you if we have room for additional attendees.

  • The training provider is requiring us to collect birthdates, phone numbers and addresses for each attendee in order to provide the training free of charge. This data will be included in the registration form.
     

Questions? Reach out to Ally Mills at amills@westmiworks.org

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

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 – micareerquest.org.

OUTREACH &

PROMOTION

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

APPRENTICESHIPS

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.

CAREER PATHWAYS

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.

EDUCATION &

TRAINING

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.

FUNDING & RESOURCES

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 www.americaspromisewm.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS

More information coming soon. Stay tuned!

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

RETENTION

NETWORKING

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CAREER & RETENTION SERVICES

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 jmitchell@westmiworks.org 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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