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WSW: ‘Momentum’ Helps Ex-Offenders, Others With Barriers, Find Jobs

There’s a grassroots group in Kalamazoo’s Edison Neighborhood gaining national attention for its success finding employment for harder-to-place job seekers, like ex-offenders, those with disabilities and single mothers re-entering the workforce. Momentum Urban Employment Initiative was founded four years ago this October. Ninety-three percent of its participants get full-time jobs, officials say. read more

WMU launches supply chain academies in new tech center

The WMU Bronco Force team will support the Urban Alliance initiative by providing the design, layout and operation of the warehouse and related logistics activities. Along with WMU integrated supply management faculty and industry partners, WMU students will help teach the academy curriculum, which has been developed by WMU’s Center for Integrated Supply Management. read […]

The warehouse as classroom: New supply chain academies target entry-level employees

The warehouse, which is a joint venture between the Integrated Supply Management (ISM) program at Western Michigan University (WMU) and the nonprofit employment-skills organization Urban Alliance, will house two supply chain “academies”—one focused on warehousing and the other on inventory control. The academies will teach unemployed and underemployed residents from the Kalamazoo area the skills […]

Urban Alliance announces the opening of a technical center

To date, Momentum has run six similarly developed training academies in partnership with Kalamazoo Valley Community College. This will be the first Collaboration with WMU. Urban Alliance plans to host several new academies out of their new center, as well as, provide additional supports to its 55 partner employers that comprise the Momentum Business Network. […]

Nonprofit opening technical training center

The Kalamazoo-based Urban Alliance will open the Urban Alliance Technical Training Center as a vehicle for accelerated employment training for inner city residents in the skilled trades and technical fields. The new campus is scheduled to open in late fall and will be located at 400 Island Drive, Parchment. read more

Tony’s Story of Transformation

Tony came to Urban Alliance’s Momentum Program in the hopes of overcoming his barriers to employment. During his time in the program he gained more knowledge and tools than he ever expected. Tony graduated from the Momentum Production Tech Academy, Momentum’s collaboration with KVCC, and has been happily employed for over six months at Summit […]

Ferrien’s Sucess Story

Ferrien is the true definition of an overcomer. Jumping through the many obstacles that life threw at her, Ferrien graduated the Momentum Program in fall of 2016, and then came back to attend the Production Tech Academy at KVCC the Groves. Watch the video to learn more about Ferrien’s journey, and the impact that the […]