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  • Michigan has one of the richest talent pools in the country. Our high-tech workforce is the fourth largest in the country with more than 87,000 engineers, 70,000 R&D professionals and 75,000 skilled tradespeople.

    Pure Michigan Talent Connect

    Employers and job seekers alike can search an extensive database of job openings, post and view resumes and jobs, view upcoming job fairs and tap into a variety of specialty career services at mitalent.org

    Michigan Works!

    This statewide network of more than 100 service centers helps employers find skilled workers, retrain current workers and provides training and education.

    Michigan New Jobs Training Program

    This program assists businesses that are creating new jobs in Michigan through the community college system.

    Michigan Advanced Technician Training

    MAT2 is a three-year, no-cost program for high school seniors graduating this year. It provides hands-on experience in an in-demand field and can lead to an associates degree. Apprentice employees earn money while employers gain a skilled worker.


    Please visit the MAT2 website for more information

  • MVCA Fellows and Executive Connect

    MVCA Venture Fellows Program

    MVCA Venture Fellows Program aims to increase the number of venture professionals in Michigan and accelerate fundraising and deployment of capital into early stage companies. Selected Venture Fellows are professionals who are early in their venture careers and are hired for two years by a Michigan-based venture firm, with the expectation that they will continue at the firm following the fellowship period. The candidates, who demonstrate a tie to Michigan and an interest in building a venture career here, are directly, involved with the venture fund’s portfolio companies.


    MVCA ExeConnect Program

    MVCA ExeConnect Program aims to significantly impact an early-stage company’s chance of success by providing access to corporate executives with relevant market or industry expertise or strong domain knowledge in key areas (such as accounting and finance, sales and marketing, and human resources). Startups can expect to be matched with experienced leaders who can serve as board members, mentors, and advisors as they plan and execute their sales, productivity and financial growth strategies.


  • Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN)

    Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) Program

    The SCIA Program provides matching funds to help small businesses hire university students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student. Especially targeted toward Michigan businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, the SCIA program is designed to increase students’ exposure to innovative processes and products emerging from companies that employ high-skill workers and to encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic Michigan companies after graduation.

    For program details visit: http://www.michigancrn.org/scia 

  • Hacker Fellowship Program

    Hacker Fellowship Program

    Hacker Fellows is a one-year fellowship program where recent Computer Science college graduates work as a developer at a high-growth Michigan start-up. Hacker Fellows start with 5 weeks of cohort-based training before diving into Michigan start-up.