Whereas, community college presidents and Michigan Works! leaders recognized the need to form a regional workforce collaborative in southeast Michigan and received seed funding from the New Economy Initiative on May 2011 establishing the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN); and
Whereas, the WIN regional workforce collaborative has directly and indirectly brought over $164 million of workforce training and program funding to the southeast Michigan region since inception; and
Whereas, the performance outcomes achieved by WIN partners with the first WIN multi-year US Department of Labor (USDOL) training grants for the region wide delivery of apprenticeship and robotics automation training, which are concluding this year, have been recognized as one of the strongest in the nation;
Whereas, the recognized performance outcomes achieved with the USDOL American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) and America’s Promise grants were collaboratively delivered by the hard-working workforce professionals of our community college and Michigan Works! partners which are being recognized during this ten-year WIN Anniversary celebration by community college and Michigan Works! executive leadership; and,
Whereas, WIN labor market reports and special data studies, as well as employer-led collaboratives such as the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA) and Health Careers Alliance, inform curriculum development and regional training initiatives; and
Whereas, this year, on its ten-year anniversary, WIN brought in a new $10 million USDOL H-1B One Workforce training grant for advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, and transportation, a $2.5 million USDOL H-1B Rural Healthcare grant; and a $2 million MiLEAP grant; and,
Therefore be it resolved, that the WIN Board of Directors and staff salute the workforce professionals for their collective accomplishments over the past decade and the challenging work ahead delivering these new grants to upskill incumbent workers, unemployed and underemployed, and individuals entering the workforce for career growth into high demand occupations for economic growth in Michigan.