Workforce and Talent Development Programs

Developing and educating a skilled and dependable workforce is the key to success in today’s business environment. That’s why the AEDC is always working to find creative solutions to workforce development issues.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Employers and job seekers alike can search an extensive database of job openings, post and view resumes and jobs, view upcoming job fairs and tap into a variety of specialty career services at

Michigan Works!

This statewide network of more than 100 service centers helps employers find skilled workers, retrain current workers and provides training and education.

Michigan Works! Southwest

Michigan New Jobs Training Program

This program assists businesses that are creating new jobs in Michigan through the community college system.

Michigan Advanced Technician Training

MAT2 is a three-year, no-cost program for high school seniors graduating this year. It provides hands-on experience in an in-demand field and can lead to an associates degree. Apprentice employees earn money while employers gain a skilled worker.

Albion College

With Albion College in the heart of our community, businesses have instant access to 1,300 bright, creative, and motivated young men and women. The College’s liberal arts program not only exposes students to new ideas and ways of thinking, it also prepares them to be effective communicators and leaders in their chosen professions. Albion’s strength lies in its ability to provide a humanistic, liberal-arts education while giving its students valuable experience and pre-professional instruction. The College heavily promotes internships, especially through the  Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service and the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Professional Management.

Kellogg Community College

KCC offers several partnership opportunities for business and industry. Customized training for groups of employees is available through the College’s Workforce Solutions Department. Open-entry, open-exit individualized skilled trades training is available through the Industrial Trades Department.

Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC)

The RMTC is an innovative, community-driven training facility in the Fort Custer Industrial Park in Battle Creek, Michigan. The facility is home to KCC’s Industrial Trades and Workforce Solutions. Together, these departments design training programs using blended learning techniques.

Advanced Manufacturing Assembly Training (KAMA)

KCC Advanced Manufacturing Assembly Training (KAMA) prepares the workforce of today and tomorrow for in-demand careers in production assembly and technology. They do this using certification-based training focused on industry-recognized credentials. The KAMA program involves a hands-on lab that applies personal and team based skill-sets and production concepts in lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, process compliance, and quality.