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Workforce Development Scorecard (2012)
In collaboration with Oakland Community College and the Troy Michigan Works! Service Center, the Division retrained 185 workers at the General Motors Corporation's plant in Orion Township. Funded through a $1.5 million grant from the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan (WDASOM), this initiative was a key component of the County Executive's incentive package that persuaded General Motors to retain 1,550 hourly and salaried jobs at the plant. The workers, who are building a new Chevrolet subcompact and the new Buick Verano, were trained in electrical and mechanical multi-skills programs. These programs included courses in robotics, welding and fabrication, CNC, blue print reading, pipefitting, PLC global architecture, fluid power, and computer literacy.
In conjunction with Oakland County Economic Development and various Michigan Works! Service Centers, the Division has developed 69 business services proposals that quantified the financial value (i.e., $119 million) of such workforce development services as employee recruitment, selection, and assessment. To date, thirteen of the employers who received these proposals, including Oxus America in Rochester Hills, Witzenmann USA in Troy, and Dokka Fasteners USA in Auburn Hills, have either located or expanded in Oakland County. As a result, 1,389 new jobs will be created.
In conjunction with Oakland Community College and the Troy Michigan Works! Service Center, the Division launched the "Shifting Gears" initiative, which helped 16 former corporate executives adjust to the small business environment.
The Division exceeded its Workforce Investment Act (WIA) performance standards and, as a result, received the largest performance incentive award among the state's 25 Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs).
The Division ranked among the top four MWAs in key performance categories for the Jobs, Education, and Training (Welfare-to-Work) Program.
The Division ranked among the top four MWAs in the key performance standard for the Food Assistance Employment and Training Program.
The Division trained more than 3,000 adults and dislocated workers for high demand/high tech occupations, including information technology, health care, engineering, and accounting.
The Division served more than 250,000 customers at its Michigan Works! Service Centers.
The Division received from the WDASOM a $1.4 million grant to train approximately 750 incumbent workers at Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills. Workers from the Corporation's information technology, engineering, and power train divisions were trained in various technical subjects.
As a result of the U.S. Department of Labor's comprehensive review of the Division's workforce development programs, the Division was commended for its "multi-faceted response to major auto industry lay-offs".
The Division received a NACo Award for its Skills Needs Assessment Checklist Project, which a.) identified the top jobs for each of the industry sectors in the County Executive’s Emerging Sectors Program®; b.) identified the skills employees need to obtain these jobs; and c.) developed detailed job profiles for each of these jobs. The Division is now developing a checklist for the advanced manufacturing industry sector.
The Division issued the 5th edition of the County Executive's Apprenticeship Book , which features new apprenticeships, a new cover, and new graphics.
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