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MICA-LEO DCW Collaborative

Michigan Industry Led Collaborative Expanding the Direct Care Workforce Across Michigan

The MICA Direct Care Workforce Expansion Collaborative is a statewide, employer-led initiative to address direct care worker (DCW) recruitment and retention challenges. IMPART Alliance, with support from the state department of Labor and Economic Opportunities (LEO) has convened more than 35 Collaborative Members and Partners including MI Works! Agencies, education and training institutions, professional associations, government, and other stakeholders from across the state.  The primary goal is to develop shared solutions to filling the talent gap in direct care using the Collaborative, Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) and Business Solutions Professionals (BSP) approaches, and talent supply chain strategies and practices.


Michigan LEO

Michigan MICA

Co-Lead Employer Champions:

  • Kathy Allen, Executive Director PAO Midland
  • Laura Alexander, CEO Compassionate Care
  • Tracey Hamlet, Executive Director MOKA

LEO Liaison:

  • Valerie Jemerson, Talent Development Liaison, Industry Engagement-Sector Strategies, Workforce Development 

IMPART Alliance Contacts:

  • Clare Luz, Executive Director
  • Shannon Harkins-Padgitt, Operations and Project Coordinator

This project is made possible through MICA (Michigan Industry Cluster Approach) 3.0 funding supporting activities that help employers address critical workforce needs.

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