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Program Helps Adult Workers Achieve Living Wage Jobs and Family Stability

Posted on September 13, 2018

Rapid Growth Media

Many hard-working Michiganders struggle to pay the rent, feed their families, and put gas in the car. According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator for Michigan, two adults with two children each need to earn $15.37 to make ends meet. Many Michigan jobs pay little more than the $9.25 minimum wage.

In Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), Mercy Health, and The SOURCE are partnering in WMCAT’s Workforce Development program to launch adults into careers that provide a living wage, opportunity for advancement, and the means to create a stable family environment.

Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

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Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Partners Reap Results with Career Training Model

Posted on July 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Business Journal

A career-training program founded in 2006 quietly has been building a network of partners and services to meet two needs—workforce development and income security for underemployed and unemployed adults. Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) started its adult career-training program in 2006, a year after the nonprofit was formed.

Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

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Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

Kellogg Funds Two-Generation Upskill Training Grant

Posted on January 1, 2017

WorkLife Partnership, a WorkLab Founding Member, has received a two-year grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation for Two-Generation Upskilling. WorkLife's Upskill training creates a customized plan that aligns with both the existing workforce and the organization's goals. By proactively investing resources into their workforces, companies can increase employee skills and satisfaction, as well as engagement and retention.

Topics: WorkLab investors, education & training, impact investing, career training

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Topics: WorkLab investors, education & training, impact investing, career training