Workforce agency posts 75 in-house jobs


Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties is a workforce development agency that helps both employers and employees. Photo via

A workforce development agency is looking to hire 75 employees as part of its three-year strategic plan to streamline services and focus on employer needs.

Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties said it will be hiring a grants and resources developer, marketing research analyst, career coaches and talent development specialists.

The agency brought its business services positions in house last year and has found the move to be very successful.

The Michigan Works! agency estimates costs savings of more than $1 million, due to increased efficiencies from a reduction in overhead costs and duplicated staff positions, greater flexibility in program design and funding and more consistent service delivery.

“We’ve already seen positive impact from the direct service model with our business services,” said Jacob Maas, executive director of ACSET, the administrative and fiscal agent for Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties.

“We’re seeing better relationships with employers and stronger collaborations with economic development and education partners. I expect this trend to continue during this next stage of implementation. In the end, that means more and better job placements.” 

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