Develop Current & New IT Talent

Do you want to upskill your current workforce to meet your talent needs for today and tomorrow? 

Members of the develop committee will work together to create projects that strengthen West Michigan's IT workforce. Be part of the conversation to identify skills gaps, engage local training services and find creative solutions for developing the talent you need. Take advantage of workforce development services to re-integrate IT professionals displaced by local economic changes.

Current Opportunities

Lunch & Learn: Get to Know West Michigan IT Training Providers
Wednesday, January 31 |  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
West Michigan Works!
215 Straight Ave NW  |  Grand Rapids, MI
RSVP by Monday, January 29, 2018
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Did you know there are a variety of IT training providers in West Michigan who can provide short-term training needs to upskill your current workforce?

Join us for lunch on January 31 to meet local providers and learn more about the services they offer. West Michigan Works! will also provide information on training reimbursement grants that can expand your training budget.
Training managers, department managers, HR team members and anyone who wants to learn more about local, IT-specific training opportunities should attend.


Industry Led Collaborative Training Opportunity

WMTT is working with West Michigan Works! and local employers to bring the following training opportunities to West Michigan.  Participating employers are eligible for reimbursement of their training costs through Michigan Works!  Contact Joe Thiry at to learn more.

Information Security Training
SANS 401: Security Essentials Bootcamp. Utilizing a SANS Mentor led program, this course allows the trainee to digest the material, apply it to their work and bring questions to each session. The course is a six week session meeting once per week. Students will learn all the concepts included in the following link:

Agile Project Management Coaching
Agile Coaching training is provided by the Agile Coaching Institute. This course provides 37 SEU towards Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or to support Scrum Alliance certifications. This course is designed for ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or others well versed in the agile basics. This course is a 5 day immersion course which covers the topics outlined in the following link: 

USDOL Registered Apprenticeship (Help Desk/Computer Support) 

Have you ever considered utilizing a USDOL registered apprenticeship to develop your own talent? West Michigan Tech Talent looks to partner with West Michigan Works! who will develop and hold the standards for a help desk apprenticeship. Join other WMTT members in developing your own talent by utilizing an apprenticeship program. 


Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) Grant

Since 2014, Michigan's Talent Investment Agency (TIA) has awarded companies statewide grant monies to help assist in training, developing and retaining current employees and individuals to be hired. This includes reimbursement toward classroom training your organization is utilizing. The grant application period ended in early October and 13 IT companies and IT departments submitted for training reimbursement, a 100 percent increase over last year.