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


Help Bring IT Training to West Michigan
West Michigan Tech Talent is interested in assistant IT employers upskill their current workforce. If you have specific training needs and would consider partnering with other local employers to fill a course, please contact Joe Thiry at to learn more. Employers are eligible for a 50% reimbursement of the cost after the course is finished

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. 


Information Security Training in West Michigan
Three West Michigan Tech Talent member organizations sent trainees to a mentor led SANS 401: Security Essentials Bootcamp training hosted at West Michigan Works! The course is led by SANS certified instructor and GRCC IT Department Chair Drew Rozema. Each trainee will get hands on training and are able to test for the GIAC GSEC certification upon completion of the course. Through a group discount and training reimbursement via West Michigan Works!, trainees saved over 65% from the cost of the course. 

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. 13 IT companies and IT departments submitted for training reimbursement, a 100 percent increase over last year. These companies were awarded nearly $400,000 combined in training grants.