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Middle Michigan has some of the best talent in the world! We have a high-tech workforce with more engineers, skilled tradespeople and research and development professionals than anywhere else in the nation. Additionally, we attract talent through the Discover Great Lakes Bay initiative we participate in with other area economic development organizations from Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties.  

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Clare and Isabella Counties Talent Pipeline Resources

In addition to CMU and Mid Michigan College, Clare and Isabella counties feature a variety of talent pipeline resources. These include: 

Gratiot-Isabella Technical Education Center (GI-TEC) and the Clare-Gladwin Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center: These programs offer high quality skill training for students across our two counties. The programs demonstrate strong performance, with active participation from students from each regional education service district’s high schools represented. Programs include: accounting, agricultural sciences, automotive technology, business management, construction trades, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, digital media, education careers, electronics, health occupations, interior design, machine trades, marketing, mechanical drafting, printing/graphics, small engines, TV/radio and welding technology.  

Flex Tech High School: Emphasizing project-based learning, one of Flex Tech’s primary initiatives is to ensure students learn not only the required fundamentals, but develop solution-based skills necessary to succeed along the career path each student chooses. Flex Tech partners with local businesses to highlight a variety of career options to its students in order to ensure students find careers that are the right fit, including helping connect them to local manufacturing opportunities within the region. 

Morey Technical Education Center: Located on Mid Michigan college’s campus in Mt. Pleasant, the center was designed to respond to the demand identified repeatedly by area manufacturers for trained employees. The design of the tech center was carefully engineered with flexible spaces that will serve present and future training needs in basic and advanced manufacturing principles and technologies. While there are dedicated areas for welding and computer-aided drafting, other areas are open and meant to respond to short-term training needs. 

Central Michigan Manufacturers Association (CMMA): The CMMA has received a $140,000 grant from the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to support companies as they transition to “Industry 4.0.” Training programs will be established to support the effort by the Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District or Mid Michigan College. The CMMA also has established special interest groups for education and human resources allowing their membership to share best practices. 


If you are looking for talent or looking for a new career, try searching Pure Michigan Talent Connect’s extensive database at mitalent.org or contact us directly and we will help you find what you need. MMDC is focused on providing the services that will help you and your business thrive!

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