When Communities Provide

We’re stronger as an organization and as a state when we work together. That’s why we partner with 77 organizations including Michigan Works! agencies, non-profits, for-profits, high schools, educational authorities, and community colleges across the state to deliver programming aligned to local needs. Check out our current partners to learn more about our collective impact.

Interested in joining our team as an affiliated partner or program?

Contact Sonya Blanzy (269) 325-7857 or blanzys@kinexus.org to learn more.

Learn About Our Partners

Capital Area

The Capital Area region serves Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. We work closely with Capital Area Michigan Works! to deliver programming within the region. Another long-standing partner, we have operated Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming in the Capital Area since 2012.

Capital Area Michigan Works!
Clinton Task Force on Employment
Lansing School District
Peckham, Inc.
Potterville Public Schools
Waverly Community Schools District

Michigan Works! Service Center – Charlotte
Michigan Works! Service Center – Lansing
Michigan Works! Service Center – St. John’s
Ingham County Jail
Potterville High School
Woodcreek Achievement Center
Waverly High School

Carrie Rosingana

Chief Operating Officer

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Our Detroit partners are working to offer exceptional youth services to Detroit area youth. In Summer 2017, area partners will facilitate employment opportunities for over 8,000 young people under the leadership of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office. Many of our Detroit area JMG students will be among the young people employed! JMG Detroit is our largest service area with nearly 850 students participating in programming.

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
Detroit Public Schools
Neighborhood Services Organization
SER Metro
YMCA – Detroit

Detroit Public Schools – Cody Academy of Public Leadership
Detroit Public Schools – Cody Detroit Institute of Technology
Detroit Public Schools – Cody Medicine & Community Health
Detroit Public Schools – Osborn College Preparatory Academy
Detroit Public Schools – Osborn Collegiate Academy of Math, Science and Technology
Detroit Public Schools – Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design & Alternative Energy
Detroit Public Schools – Pershing High School
Detroit Public Schools – Randolph Career & Technical Center
Detroit Public Schools Adult Education East Campus / Neighborhood Service Organization
Detroit Public Schools Adult Education West Campus / SER Metro

Lester Gayden

Program Manager

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Genesee, Shiawassee, and Thumb Area

Genesee, Shiawassee, and Thumb (GST) area covers the counties of Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, Tuscola, Sanilac, and Huron. A long-standing partner region of Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, the program has operated in the GST region since 2011.

GST Michigan Works!
Mott Community College – Workforce Development
Flint Community Schools

Flint Northwestern High School
Flint Southwestern Academy
GST Michigan Works – Flint
Mott Community College Workforce Education Center

Angela Libkie

Grant Specialist

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Northeast Michigan

One of our newest regional partnerships, the Northeast Michigan team is committed to offering Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming to young people across Northeast Michigan’s rural areas. We work closely with the team at Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium to provide services in the Northeast Michigan region.

Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium
Alpena Public Schools

ACES Academy
Presque Isle Academy

Laura Budreau

Program Manager

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Northwest Michigan

Our Northwest Michigan partners have been recognized as innovators in delivering integrated workforce, business, community, and planning services. Our primary partner, Networks Northwest, is the convening agency for the Regional Prosperity Initiative in the 10 counties in Northwest Michigan. The organization is committed to building stronger communities that enhance the quality of life in Northwest Michigan.

Networks Northwest
Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District
Traverse Bay Intermediate School District
Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District

Charlevoix ISD Career Technical Center – East Jordan
Charlevoix ISD Career Technical Center – Pellston
Crooked Tree High School
Kalkaska Michigan Works! Service Center
Manistee Michigan Works! Service Center
Traverse Bay ISD Career Tech Center
Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center

Kathy Taylor

Regional Operations Manager

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Southeast Michigan – Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Washtenaw

Our newest partnership, we are working closely with Southeast Michigan Works! to expand Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates services across the region. With a commitment to serving on the front lines, the Southeast Michigan team meets the talent demands of local employers and responds to the unique needs of the communities in its region.

Southeast Michigan Works!

Michigan Works! Service Center – Hillsdale
Michigan Works! Service Center – Jackson
Michigan Works! Service Center – Adrian
Michigan Works! Service Center – Howell
Michigan Works! Service Center – Ypsilanti

Sandy Vallance

Workforce Programs Manager: Youth

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Southeast Michigan – Wayne and Monroe

Our Southeast Michigan partners are leading some of our most rapidly growing expansion across Wayne and Monroe counties. Under the leadership of the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA), we’re serving an increasing number of young people across metro Detroit.

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA)
Downriver Community Conference
Employment & Training Designs I
Employment & Training Designs II
Monroe County ISD Youth Opportunities
Monroe Public Schools
River Rouge School District
Ross Innovative Employment Solutions
Educational Data Systems, Inc.

River Rouge High School
Orchard Center High School
Starkweather Academy
Michigan Works! Service Center – Southgate
Michigan Works! Service Center – Dearborn
Michigan Works! Service Center – Highland Park
Michigan Works! Service Center – Wayne
Michigan Works! Service Center – Monroe
Michigan Works! Service Center – Livonia

Deborah Taylor

Program Manager

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Southwest Michigan – Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren

The inaugural Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program launched in Benton Harbor in 2008 under the leadership of Kinexus. Since 2008, JMG programming has expanded significantly across the Southwest Michigan region in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties in an effort to provide a talent ready pipeline to employers. Expansion efforts have been led by the Kinexus organization, a dynamic non-profit that offers integrated workforce, economic, and business development.

Benton Harbor Area Schools
Cassopolis Public Schools
Dowagiac Union Schools
Hartford Public Schools

Benton Harbor High School
Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School
Dowagiac Union High School
Dowagiac Union Schools – Pathfinders Alternative Education
Hartford High School
Hartford Alternative Education
Kinexus – Bridge Academy

Melissa Stolfo

Regional Manager

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Southwest Michigan – Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph

We’re fortunate to have a second Southwest Michigan-based partnership network that serves four additional counties in Michigan’s bottom corner. Our leading partner in this region is The W.E. UpJohn Institute for Employment Research, through Michigan Works! Southwest. We’re proud to have such a well-respected organization leading JMG expansion across four of our Southwest counties!

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research | Michigan Works! Southwest
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Kalamazoo RESA
Parchment Public Schools
Battle Creek Public Schools

Barclay Hills Education Center
Michigan Works! Southwest Service Center – Calhoun County
Michigan Works! Southwest Service Center – Kalamazoo County
Michigan Works! Southwest Service Center – St. Joseph County
Parchment High School
Phoenix High School

Amy Meyers

Program Manager

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Upper Peninsula

Our Upper Peninsula partners are committed to fostering the belief that a sound economic base is essential to maintaining the quality of life for all U.P. residents. One of our longest-running partnerships, we have been operating JMG programming in the U.P. since 2011.

Upward Talent
Escanaba Area Public Schools
Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Agency

Escanaba High School
Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College

Deb Doyle

UP Talent Council Director of Policy and Compliance

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West Michigan

Our West Michigan partners are focused on enhancing opportunities for all job seekers and employers living in their region. We work in close partnership with West Michigan Works!, an organization that serves the counties of Allegan, Barry, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, and Montcalm. One of our longest running partner areas, the region has offered Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming since 2011.

West Michigan Works!
Kent Intermediate School District
Muskegon Public Schools
Orchard View Schools

Lighthouse Academy School
Michigan Works! Service Center – Muskegon
Muskegon High School
Muskegon Heights Academy
Orchard View High School

Erin Kenny

Youth Policy Manager

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