Training in AES is directly connected to job opportunities.  Our region offers the training to ready you for a career in AES; find your pathway (link) and prepare yourself for a career in this high-demand industry.

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  1. National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
  2. Workforce Training and Resources Available
  3. Degree Programs
  4. K-12 Education

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Workforce Training and Resources Available

Up-skill training is available to prepare you for a career in Advanced Energy Storage, whether you are just out of high school, holding a GED certificate, unemployed or under-employed and looking for new opportunities.  Industry and educational institutions are working together to develop and enhance curriculum.  You can gain universal skills for 21st century manufacturing, work in a clean-room environment and use critical thinking and problem solving skills.  You can also expect training to continue on-site with employers.

For a comprehensive listing of all the AES training resources available in the state of Michigan, download the Michigan’s SmartCoast Training Guide. The guide is your resource to all training programs, workshops, certificates and degree programs that will help you find a career in AES.

Resume assistance, interview coaching and general job readiness skills are available through Ottawa County Michigan Works.

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Degree Programs

Michigan is home to the global automotive industry. Our state is steeped in 100 years of automotive research, making our world-renowned educational institutions home to a wealth of industry expertise.

Higher education is widely available in our region. Grand Valley State University, one of the fastest growing universities in the U.S., has a campus in Holland and Grand Rapids.  Hope College in downtown Holland is 2nd in the state for the number of bachelor degrees in chemistry they award each year.  Western Michigan University, Calvin College, Aquinas College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan State University all have campuses in our region.




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K-12 Education

Schools in Michigan’s SmartCoast region offer students more than just the basics. Local school districts are taking seriously the demand for skilled, self-motivated individuals. This is why specialized programs are being installed into curriculum. Below are a few of the unique programs preparing K-12 students for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • Holland New Tech High School is a member of the national New Tech Network.  The school focuses on trust, respect, and responsibility.  Students are immersed in 21st Century skills such as critical thinking and presenting, and must regularly demonstrate that they are acquiring the knowledge and tools needed for success later in life, both in college and career.
  • West Ottawa High School offers the highly regarded International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, which provides a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for junior and senior students.  Students work with IB trained teachers to study university level  course work that prepares them for post-secondary success in subjects such as language, second language, arts, sciences and math. The Diploma Program is recognized by colleges and universities worldwide.
  • Zeeland Public Schools’ ZQuest is a K-8th grade school with founding principles revolving around innovation and developing the next generation of global leaders. Students thrive in multi-aged group experiences, student-driven learning and character development all in a year-round setting.