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2018 Going PRO Talent Fund Information Sessions Scheduled for Northwest Michigan

A popular employee training fund in Michigan has a new name but will still offer $30 million dollars businesses can use to train their workforce. The Going PRO Talent Fund (formerly the Skilled Trades Training Fund or STTF) began in 2013 to provide funds to companies for short-term, in-demand training and is not limited to “skilled trade” occupations. Training has included welding, CNC operator, CNC programmer, robotics, IT training, electronic health records, and on-the-job training for individuals to be hired.

The application period for Talent Fund grants is expected to begin in mid-September. Prior to the start of the application period, Northwest Michigan Works! is holding Employer Information Sessions to help businesses learn about the Going PRO Talent Fund. Companies will also learn how to create a solid, competitive proposal, as well as the services and assistance available through Northwest Michigan Works! throughout the Talent Fund process.

The dates and locations for the 2018 Employer Information Sessions are:

August 15      Petoskey        1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.           North Central Michigan College
                                                                                                Main Administration Building
                                                                                                1515 Howard Street

August 22      Benzonia       2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           BACN
                                                                                                2804 Benzie Hwy.                     

August 23      Cadillac         9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Wexford-Missaukee
                                                                                                Career Tech Center
                                                                                                9901 East 13th Street

August  23     Manistee        2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Northwest Michigan Works!
                                                                                                1660 US-31

September 6    Kalkaska    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.         Kalkaska County Library
                                                                                                 247 S. Cedar St.    

September 6    Traverse City  3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Northwest Michigan Works!
                                                                                                 1209 South Garfield
                                                                                                  Conference Room

Businesses planning to attend one of the information sessions should RSVP to: or 231-922-6920. Please indicate the location of the information session you would like to attend. Businesses unable to attend one of the sessions can contact a Northwest Michigan Works! Business Liaison for more information.


Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission