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About Us

Welcome to Michigan Works! West Central!

OUR MISSION: To continually improve a workforce development system that produces a workforce with the required skills to attract, retain and expand business and enhance our regional economy.

Michigan Works! West Central is part of the statewide Michigan Works! system serving employers and job seekers in Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, and Osceola Counties. We are the first unified workforce development system in the country and an instrumental partner for developing Michigan’s economic future.

We are one of 16 Michigan Works! agencies across the state, each of which is locally responsive and demand driven. We exist to assist employers in finding and retaining qualified employees and assure that the local talent pool meets the needs of employers.

Some of the free services we provide to employers includes:

For more information on the services provided to businesses contact Merri Bennett, Business Services Director, at 231.583.2029 or

Some of the services we provide to job seekers includes: