Are you interested in teaming up with others in your industry to solve your most pressing problems?

The key to making smart investments in training, education, and business development services is understanding and supporting the industries in our region where job opportunities exist and businesses are expanding. By focusing our efforts on sector strategy, we are developing solutions to meet the needs of local employers.


It's our job to bring councils together to gather intel and create a thriving economy. Industry councils give like-minded businesses the opportunity to come together and solve shared challenges.

Manufacturing Day 2020 is approaching quickly! This event is tri-county wide and involves school districts and employers from all over the area. If you're interested in being a part of this event, contact Erin at


Manufacturing is our region’s highest grossing industry. Together, this council will focus on creating partnerships, planning manufacturing-centered events, research projects, and applying for grants to promote manufacturing as a vital and vibrant career.


Healthcare is an important industry in Southwest Michigan. Recently, a council was formed with leading healthcare providers to create a registered apprenticeship for certified nursing assistants. Through these efforts, incumbent employees and new hires have the opportunity to “earn while they learn” an in-demand career! Council efforts will include expansion of applicable registered apprenticeships, promotion of healthcare careers, and creating continued learning opportunities. We're looking for healthcare professionals that are looking to recruit and train certified individuals. If that's you, please contact Erin Venno, Sector Relations Coordinator at (800) 285-WORKS, ext. 1165 or

Michigan Works! also organizes and convenes the Career Education & Advisory Council (CEAC); a council including area educators (secondary and post-secondary), employers, parents, union representation, and workforce development. This council works collectively to develop education and training programs. For CEAC meeting dates, visit our public information page. 

We’re excited to continue expanding our reach and creating new councils in all of Southwest Michigan’s industries. If you’re interested in being a part of one of our councils, contact Erin, our Sector Relations Coordinator, at (800) 285-WORKS, ext. 1165 or

Upcoming Industry Events

Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire | Saturday, May 30, 2020

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects. For more information, visit

Manufacturing (MFG) Day | Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. For a video of Manufacturing Day 2017, click here.

Career Pathways Day | 2020 Date is Pending! Stay tuned.

9th grade students experience an interactive, hands-on career event highlighting CTE programs and the careers they lead to! For an inside look at Career Pathways Day 2019, click here.