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WEST MICHIGAN

Education-to-Employment Partnership

Leveraging the resources and investments of all stakeholders to upskill talent in West Michigan.

The West Michigan Education-to-Employment Partnership (E2P) is a collaboration between employers, education and training providers, and community organizations to help recent high school graduates and individuals who are un- or underemployed discover, access, and complete skills-based pathways into high-demand jobs requiring postsecondary training. 

E2P will develop and promote a regional opportunity marketplace that provides prospective learners with shared coaching, resources, and wraparound support to:

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The E2P regional opportunity marketplace is driven by real-time data and establishes greater clarity between education and employment by enabling students and jobseekers to make informed decisions regarding the return-on-investment associated with each potential pathway.

All users leveraging the E2P regional opportunity marketplace will be able to:

  1. See which local jobs are high-demand and earn above-average wages
  2. Explore what those jobs entail and which local companies are hiring for these positions
  3. Identify which local education and training providers have programs intended to develop the skills needed for these roles
  4. See which education and training programs qualify for federal, state, local, and/or employer-sponsored funding

Current employees can be referred to the platform to explore, enroll, and complete postsecondary education and training programs that align to current and future skill gaps within an organization — maximizing the value of employer-sponsored tuition assistance programs.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Each stakeholder will engage with E2P differently, and there is no cost to participate. Outlined below is what you can expect when you get involved in the pilot. 

Employers

  • Leverage the regional opportunity marketplace to:
    • Post jobs, internships, and other work-based learning opportunities
    • Recruit candidates with desired skills
    • Refer employees to the platform to discover and access developmental opportunities
  • Utilize existing talent development dollars to sponsor training pathways for employees.
  • Refer employees to E2P success coaches, if internal career coaches aren't available.
    • Success coaches will help learners braid funds to reduce tuition costs and connect with resources to mitigate barriers.  

In addition to the foundational activities outlined above, employers can opt-in to participate in one of several action teams illustrated below.

Education and Training Providers

  • Leverage the regional opportunity marketplace to:
    • Maintain accurate course catalogs 
    • Recruit prospective students
    • Refer students to the platform to explore local jobs aligned with their program of study
  • Ensure credentials can stack along co-designed, skills-based pathways
  • Ensure enrollment and scheduling flexibility
  • Ensure credits are awarded for prior learning
  • Refer students to E2P success coaches, if internal career coaches aren't available.
    • Success coaches will help learners braid funds to reduce tuition costs and connect with resources to mitigate barriers.  

In addition to the foundational activities outlined above, education and training providers can opt-in to participate in one of several action teams illustrated below.

Talent Partners (staffing agencies, community-based organizations, workforce developers, etc.)

  • Refer jobseekers to the platform to explore local career and education pathways.
  • Provide success coaching to braid federal, state, local, and employer-sponsored funding streams for eligible learners.
  • Work with employers to address barriers to employment.

In addition to the foundational activities outlined above, community partners, workforce developers, and staffing agencies can opt-in to participate in one of several action teams illustrated below.

PROJECT MILESTONES

Action teams comprised of key project participants — including employers, postsecondary institutions, secondary institutions, community-based organizations, and Michigan Works! — will develop and operationalize the critical inputs illustrated below by December 31, 2025.

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QUESTIONS?

Contact Alex Andrews, a.andrews@talentfirst.net.