EDGE (Essential Skills Demanded by Great Employers)


EDGE is a workforce development collaborative designed to improve employment readiness and economic security for individuals with family incomes below federal poverty guidelines by creating and maintaining jobs and career ladders that lead to higher paying jobs for targeted Battle Creek area residents.  The collaborative partners are: Battle Creek Unlimited; Michigan Works!; Kellogg Community College (KCC); and Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland, Inc. (Goodwill).

The EDGE Program partners with local companies to provide customized training to prepare individuals that have been out of the workforce to re-enter and be quality employees for companies in our community.

Battle Creek Unlimited assists with providing local companies that are looking for quality employees willing to partner with the program.

Michigan Works! is responsible for recruiting participants and providing retention coaching to our participants for one year after placement with the partnered company.

Kellogg Community College designs and implements customized training programs for companies partnering with the program.  EDGE participants receive 3 credits at KCC for their four weeks of training.

Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland provides a work experience for up to five weeks that allows the participant to utilize and build upon the skills learned while at KCC.

The combined strengths of all of the members of the EDGE collaborative allow for an enriched and positive experience that local companies have found to provide outstanding employees.  Companies that have partnered with the EDGE Program are: Lifespan Continucare, Denso Manufacturing of Michigan, TRMI-Battle Creek and Janesville Acoustics.

“Battle Creek EDGE puts low-income families on path to economic security” .  For more information on how the EDGE experience is changing lives please click here.

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