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Planning and Economic Development


Fueling the talent pipeline 

The ability of a community to retain and attract businesses that offer quality jobs for residents is dependent on the pool of available talent. Investing in the next generation of our workforce is an efficient way to fuel the talent pipeline while helping our young people discover careers that best match their interests and abilities.

Macomb County is actively engaged with many partners to develop and support initiatives that expose students to career possibilities and point them to educational pathways that lead to meaningful employment.



Macomb Automation and Robotics Zone, formerly the Macomb County Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center supports a talent pipeline for the robotics sector and advanced robotics efforts in Southeast Michigan. Its mission is to partner with businesses, educational organizations, nonprofits and startups to offer tools, programs, expert assistance and open access to an independent, digital- and electronic-based environment for creative people.




Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) maintains Michigan’s most robust Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Through a system of 21 public school districts, there are 36 high schools where students can pursue a wide array of interests, ranging from agriculture to transportation logistics. Visit MISD’s Macomb Engage to learn more.



Early College of Macomb, offered to every high school junior in the county through Macomb Community College, the Early College of Macomb is the state’s largest and most successful program. This three-year, career-focused initiative allows students to take college courses with no out-of-pocket costs for books, fees or tuition.



Romeo Community Schools is Michigan’s first Ford Next Generation Learning Community. The Academies at Romeo enable students to choose a thematic course of study – such as engineering, health care or information technology – and learn in a relevant, hands-on environment. Students learn math, science, English and social studies within the theme they choose.



The Academies of Center Line is an innovative learning environment that puts students first. Featuring small learning communities, the program offers students exposure to a multitude of careers, industry skills and potential employers through classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships. Funneling through two pathways – either the Academy of Industry, Technology and Innovation or the Health and Human Services Academy, the strategic plan for the district is for all Center Line High School graduates to exit with an industry-recognized certification and/or college credit.



Macomb County Planning & Economic Development partners with the Macomb Intermediate School District, along with an active planning committee and generous sponsors, to coordinate one of the nation’s largest celebrations of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). Since 2014, more than 14,000 students have participated in Macomb County’s Manufacturing Day through the support of an active planning committee and the generosity of host sites and sponsors. New host sites and sponsors for the October event are welcome. Learn more here.



This family friendly event, held in conjunction with AUTO Steam Days, features hands-on exhibits, information about related college and training programs and an opportunity to meet with area employers to learn about their hiring and retention programs. 

To be offered Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2022, at the Sports & Expo Center, employers are asked to participate in a two-day, hands-on opportunity for students to explore careers in automotive design, robotics, manufacturing and technology.  Link to 2022 Auto Steam Days coming soon.



MiCareerQuest Southeast – Michigan Works! offices from across the region partner to host an event for 10,000 students at the Novi Suburban Showplace. This event provides hands-on activities related to career exploration in four quadrants: construction, information technology, advanced manufacturing and health sciences. Involved employers will provide experiences and sponsorship.



The Michigan Automotive & Defense Cyber Awareness Team (MADCAT) partners with academia, government and both automotive and area U.S. Department of Defense assets to develop a career pathway for high school and college students in cybersecurity.




Macomb County actively participates in MI Bright Future, a career exploration program that links high school students with employers who are willing to serve as career coaches. Offering a spectrum of students/professional interactions, career coaches get involved by responding to student posted questions, arranging site visits or providing job shadowing opportunities.



If you are a business interested in helping shape the future of our talent pipeline by getting involved with schools, please complete this form and a specialist will contact you to discuss your options. ​