Michigan Industry Cluster Approach (MICA)

  • MICA creates a framework in which many employers within a single industry engage with the workforce system to identify their demand. In this approach, talent issues may be handled more efficiently through multi-company, industry-focused training programs. Regionally, Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) convene employers along with education providers, economic development organizations, and other groups associated with workforce development to solve talent challenges. Local industry clusters are formed based on local needs and are led by employers.  There are currently over 40 formally identified industry cluster groups throughout Michigan.  The Cluster Team develops statewide policy and provides technical assistance to support regional cluster activity.

  • MICA Toolkit for Success
  • MICA White Paper PDF icon
  • MICA Industry Cluster Groups Map PDF icon
  • MICA Guidelines PDF icon
  • MICA Facts PDF icon

Cluster Strategies

  • The primary strategy of WDA focuses on aligning all efforts around priority industry clusters for a demand-driven workforce system. Through extensive labor market research, WDA has initially identified five state priority industry clusters: Agriculture, Energy, Health Care, Information Technology & Media, and Manufacturing. WDA has identified a team of specialists within these five clusters to drive workforce development efforts toward meeting the skill needs within these clusters.  What is an Industry Cluster? A cluster is a geographic concentration of related employers, industry suppliers, and support institutions in a product or service field. For the purposes of workforce development, Michigan's clusters are broad industry sectors. There is growing evidence that industry clusters are an effective organizing framework for positively impacting economic and workforce development activities. More than 25 states have adopted cluster strategies as the way to do business. Michigan is taking this strategy to the next level by implementing the Michigan Industry Cluster Approach throughout the workforce system.

  • The Cluster Chronicle

    The Cluster Chronicle e-NewletterThis e-newsletter was created in order to share information, best practices, and events with partners and stakeholders of the Michigan Industry Cluster Approach. We hope that you find this information of use and look to you for future news and articles. If you have anything you would like to share, please email MICA@michigan.gov.

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  • Updated Michigan Industry Cluster Workforce Reports (September 2014)
  • Michigan Industry Cluster Workforce Reports (January 2013)
  • Cluster Strategies Team Contact Information
  • Career Technical Training Skilled Trades The Michigan Credit Union League, in collaboration with U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Iron Mountain) and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, developed a multi-tooled program to inform students about available career and technical training for the growing number of skilled trade jobs in the state.

    Geared towards teens and young adults, materials include lesson plans and a guidebook that outlines salary expectations, forecasted job growth and training sources for 24 high-demand skilled trade jobs in Michigan. The materials are produced for credit unions, schools, parents and the general public.