SEMCA Workforce Development Board Honored by Michigan Works! Association
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Workforce Development Board was recognized at a statewide workforce conference yesterday for its members’ commitment to SEMCA’s vision for a competitive economy. Named the Michigan Works! Association 2017 Board of Excellence, the SEMCA Workforce Development Board received its award at the association’s annual conference in Mt. Pleasant.
“SEMCA Workforce Development Board members come from diverse backgrounds—small and large businesses, community-based organizations, labor organizations and former and current educators,” said Luann Dunsford, executive director of the Michigan Works! Association. “These people take their positions very seriously. They understand the urgency in filling the skills gaps and know how vital it is to have a skilled workforce.”
Dunsford praised the board members for their continued dedication—over the last year, they helped SEMCA develop their five-year strategic plan and were an integral part of SEMCA receiving its re-accreditation with the Council of Accreditation.
“Members of the Workforce Development Board share their knowledge as board members for other Michigan Works! Agencies, the Michigan Works! Association, the National Association of Workforce Boards and the Governor's Talent and Investment Board. Together, they are engaged and informed regarding all of the issue that are most important to SEMCA,” Dunsford said.
SEMCA provides administrative services to Wayne County Head Start and the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN). The Workforce Development Board works to maintain an effective workforce development system that is responsive to the needs of employers and residents.
“For over 20 years, SEMCA has been privileged to have a board of community leaders that have generously given their time to guide SEMCA in its success.” Dunsford said. “Whenever SEMCA staff asks, the SEMCA Workforce Development Board answers.”