Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix & Cheboygan Counties.

To address Northern Michigan’s shortage of workers with the skills to supply today’s workforce, NLEA has brought together various partners including Local Intermediate School District’s (Char-Em ISD, IOSCO ISD, and CORE ISD), Networks Northwest, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, Baker College, North Central Michigan College, Kirtland Community College, Spring Arbor University, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Works! and local employers to share information about regional “in-demand” careers and training opportunities.

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Thanks to funding from DTE Energy Foundation and Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, NLEA hired four interns over two years (2016 & 2017) to collect and provide the information regarding the pathways to the careers specified, interviews from employers/employees and students who describe the paths they have taken from education to employment.

Each region below will describe multiple careers, outline education and training opportunities in the area, as well as earning potential, daily tasks, and professional/student profiles.

Workforce Sectors and Categories



talent connectTo learn about the latest job openings in Michigan check out Pure Michigan Talent Connect here-
Your Launch Pad for New Jobs, Careers and Talent!


Networks Northwest

NLEA partner, Networks Northwest is also producing  Virtual Talent Tours. Virtual Talent Tours help young people and job seekers target their career search, identify needed training, and prepare for fields in which they are most likely to find work. The tours help parents, teachers, school counselors, and others support and encourage young people to pursue training opportunities that lead to available, good-paying jobs. Check them out here.


mat2-logo-transMAT2®– the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program – is an innovative, industry-driven approach to education. Developed in conjunction with global industry technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce, MAT² addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing and technology industries: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. This initiative functions similar to an apprenticeship program, where students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences for them to become a successful and productive member of the workforce. Click here for more details


kirtland-collegeThe M-TEC at Kirtland-Gaylord is a state-of-the art facility offering technical education in a unique, flexible, student-friendly environment. The Kirtland M-TEC site is the home of Kirtland’s construction and industrial trades programs. Click here for more information.


Why choose a career in Professional Trades in Michigan? Because over the next 7 years there will be over 500,000+ job opportunities in Michigan. High demand, high wage careers for professional trades in Michigan. Below you will find projections on state wide, Northwest Region 2 and Northeast Region 3 hot job opportunities.

Top 25 High-Demand Professional Trades Careers in Michigan

Hot Jobs Northwest Michigan Region 2

Hot Jobs Northeast Michigan Region 3

Core Partners

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