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Going PRO Talent Fund Information Sessions Scheduled for Northwest Michigan

A popular employee training fund in Michigan will offer $30 million dollars businesses can use to train their workforce. The Going PRO Talent Fund began in 2013 to provide funds to companies for short-term, in-demand training leading to an industry-recognized credential. Training can be provided for existing employees, new hires, or registered DOL apprentices for occupations in several industries, including but not limited to; manufacturing, construction, IT, landscaping, healthcare, hospitality, non-profits, food production, and more.

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 2019 Employer Information Sessions are:

August 14      Petoskey        9:00 am – 10:00 am             North Central Michigan College
                                                                                                Library Conference Room
                                                                                                1515 Howard Street

August 15      Manistee        10:00 am – 12:00 pm           Manistee Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                11 Cypress St.

August 15      Benzonia       2:00 pm – 4:00 pm               BACN
                                                                                                2804 Benzie Hwy.

August 21    Kalkaska          10:00 am – 11:30 am           Kalkaska County Library
                                                                                                247 S. Cedar St.

August 21    Traverse City  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm               Northwest Michigan Works!
                                                                                               1209 South Garfield
                                                                                               Conference Center          

August 22      Cadillac         9:00 am – 11:00 am             Wexford-Missaukee
                                                                                               Career Tech Center
                                                                                               9901 East 13th Street       

Businesses planning to attend one of the information sessions should RSVP to: or 231-922-6920. Please indicate the name of your business or organization and the location of the information session you would like to attend.

More information about the Going PRO Talent Fund is available at

Northwest Michigan Works!, a program of Networks Northwest, is the region’s local workforce development partner serving thousands of job seekers and businesses every year. More information about the services offered by Northwest Michigan Works! is available at: or by calling 800-442-1074.

Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest
- Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner