Members of the EdEn Team are experts in all aspects of the Michigan New Jobs Training (MNJT) program offered by the State of Michigan and targeted at companies adding to aggregate employment in the state. This unique economic incentive allows for businesses to partner with one of the state's 28 community colleges to develop a funded, company-specific training program that produces the highly trained employees necessary to increase the State of Michigan's competitive edge. EdEn was contracted by a community college to engage with companies eligible for the program in order to facilitate and administer the collaborative effort between the company, community college and the MI Department of Treasury. Our job is to serve as the BRIDGE between the community college and the employer to ensure the needs of both parties are met. To learn more about the MNJT program, click HERE.
EdEn has successfully completed four Skills Needs Assessent Projects for Oakland County Workforce Development Division. These comprehensive studies have targeted various industries including Connected Vehicle (2016), Health Systems (2014), Advanced Manufacturing (2012), and Emerging Sectors (2009). Each project has resulted in the development of customized “Job Profiles” for sector-specific top jobs identified by employers to provide workforce developers and educators with a blueprint of the needed skills and competencies. EdEn also engaged educators from all levels of academia to seek input pertaining to the perceived gap between education program providers and the needs of local employers. The full reports are available below:
The writing and submission of the US DOL H-1B Technical Skills Training grant application was a collaborative effort between Automation Alley, grant partners including Oakland Community College and Michigan Works!, and members of the EdEn team. Capitalizing upon our prior success as a direct recipient of an H-1B grant award, we were able to assist the Alley in crafting a grant application that met and exceeded funding criteria outlined in the competitive grant solicitation. As a result, Automation Alley was awarded $5 million to provide education, training, job placement assistance, and support activities related to high-growth fields in which employers are currently using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to hire foreign workers. EdEn currently functions as the project manager for the entire grant initiative involving over 30 companies.
EdEn served as project manager for the Automation Alley Information Technology Career Pathways Project. This project targeted at-risk and displaced workers in need of IT training. EdEn wrote, submitted and managed the program which involved interaction with a wide range of stakeholders to include K-12 educators, training providers, workforce development agencies and potential employers.
EdEn served as project manager providing both coordination and strategic planning solutions for Cisco Systems, Inc. The Employer Engagement Project involved the launch of the CCNA: Health Information Networking (HIN) curriculum and placement of graduates into internship opportunities. The project required collaboration between employers of HIN professionals (IT service firms, small physician offices, hospital conglomerates) and Cisco Networking Academies (public and private institutions of higher education). The project included the development of deliverables; timelines; milestones; work plans; relationship management; 1:1 interviews; and, meeting planning and facilitation in a collaboratory environment. The project culminated with a full report detailing an employer engagement strategy moving forward.
The EdEn Team was responsible for the development, administration and analysis of a staff perception survey for a non-profit organization in relation to their governing body. In this capacity, the team worked closely with the leadership team to identify the sensitive issues and core constructs around which the survey was built. The intent of the survey was to analyze and document the change in staff perceptions over a 12-month period of time. The project culminated in a written report and presentation detailing the statistical results of the comparative surveys.
As part of the Talent Team for Governor Granholm’s Keep Michigan Working Coalition, EdEn was engaged to conduct specific research to determine the top industries, top occupations, applicable degrees/certifications available, and relevant economic development initiatives for nine (9) industry sectors specific to SE Michigan. Upon completion, the data and conclusions from the research were presented to the 21st Century Regional Workforce Initiative.