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One Workforce Program

Future-focused skills training

The One Workforce program provides students with funding and support to succeed in their advanced manufacturing skills education. One Workforce is here to ensure that you can gain the education you need to step into a rewarding career. If you qualify, this program can assist with the cost of - up to four contact hours (in-district rate), Job Training programs in CNC/Machine Tooling, and Welding, or additional costs such as books, tools, boots, and more!

Direct connection to career opportunities

After gaining the skills to move into a career in manufacturing, our team of Job Developers will connect you with local manufacturing employers who are hiring for well-paying, advanced manufacturing jobs.

Is One Workforce program for you?

This program is for you if you're interested in pursuing manufacturing, want to skill-up your current manufacturing skills or are currently enrolled in a GRCC manufacturing class or training program.

Submit an inquiry form

After we receive your inquiry form, we'll be in touch to let you know if you qualify.

CNC Operator Training in the evenings.

GRCC and the One Workforce grant is offering qualified participants the opportunity to learn the skills to enter the in-demand field of Computer Numeric Controls for only $50 and class meets one night a week!

Currently there are more than 25 companies in West Michigan with CNC Operator positions available with starting wages from $18-$22 per hour. This 16-week class is open to anyone. No experience is necessary. Students will learn by doing in the Advance Manufacturing Lab at West Michigan University downtown Grand Rapids location. Andy Beach will be your instructor for this 64-hour, hands-on training. To find out if you qualify, contact Michael at or call, 616-234-3383.

Some of the qualifying GRCC programs include:

Program Duration

Lean Manufacturing Principles

1 Day

Manufacturing Readiness

6 Weeks

Quality Improvement


CNC Machining Job Training Program

18 Weeks

Welding Technician Job Training Program

18 Weeks

Basic Industrial Electricity Certificate

1 Year

Electrical Controls/Mechatronics Certificate

1 Year

Electrical Controls Engineering Technology A.A.A.S

2 Years

Industrial Maintenance Certificate

1 Year

Computer Numeric Control Program Certificate

1 Year

Machine Tool Certificate

1 Year

Plastics-Polymer Engineering Technology Certificate

1 Year

Plastics-Polymer Engineering Technology A.A.A.S

2 Years

Tooling and Manufacturing Technology Certificate

1 Year

Tooling and Manufacturing Technology A.A.A.S

2 Years

Welding Certificate

1 Year

Welding Skills Certificate

1 Year

Welding Technology A.A.A.S

2 Years

About the One Workforce for West Michigan grant

Facilitated through GRCC's Workforce Training Department, this grant aims to bring together area employers, community colleges and organizations.

Partners will work to train our communities' current workforce in automation, digital manufacturing, the Internet of Things and more to:

  • Strengthen existing talent pipelines for Michigan manufacturers.
  • Create new talent pipelines.
  • Prepare those already in manufacturing with new skills for the next phase of manufacturing.