Going PRO Talent Fund

Millions in Training Funds Available


Obtain funding through this innovative program to train, develop and retain current and newly hired employees. Training must be short-term in nature and fill a demonstrated talent need. It also must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.


  • State of Michigan initiative with millions of training dollars available for FY2022 
  • Assists companies with a demonstrated talent need
  • Private or non-profit businesses eligible
  • Partners design real-time training models that adapt to changing employer needs
  • Short-term training that leads to a credentialed, industry-recognized skill 
  • Employers actively participate in development of training and commit to retaining trainees

Learn how to connect with Oakland County Michigan Works! representatives and get the information you need to apply online for the Going Pro Talent Fund.

Going PRO Talent Fund Application Period is Now Underway! Ends Oct. 28

Oakland County Michigan Works! has great news for businesses across Oakland County. The State of Michigan passed its fiscal year budget last week which included $40 million for employers to train new and current employees through the Going PRO Talent Fund.

Time is of the essence! The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. We can help you complete the process.

Since its launch, 348 Oakland County employers have taken advantage of the Going PRO Talent Fund to prepare their workforce for the future. Your organization can be next!

Start the process by contacting Oakland County Michigan Works! Business Services Coordinator Denise Van Hee at dvanhee@troy.k12.mi.us and she will help connect you with an Oakland County Michigan Works! Business Services Representative.

In the meantime, we encourage you to click on the link below to watch one of the recent Going PRO Talent Fund information sessions, held earlier this summer.

Going PRO Talent Fund Information Session

Engage Us

Your local Oakland County Michigan Works! business services team works with you to determine if your company is eligible for funding and helps you with the application process, including access to the online application.
Employers should contact their nearest service center.

Going PRO Talent Fund Coordinator –  Denise Van Hee, dvanhee@troy.k12.mi.us
Novi – Mona Diegel, Mona.Diegel@goodwilldetroit.org
Oak Park – Sherry Kless, smkless@michiganworksoakpark.org
Pontiac – Nikki Pearson, Nikki.Pearson@goodwilldetroit.org
Southfield – Jeff Granat – jgranat@cityofsouthfield.com
Troy – Cheryl Schubeck, cschubeck@troy.k12.mi.us
Waterford – Joe Barczyk, jbarczyk@waterfordmiworks.org

Awards are subject to available funding. For more information: www.Michigan.Gov/TalentFund

 Going PRO Talent Fund Recipients 2021 - 2018

 Oakland County Michigan Works! Locations