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We have played a pivotal role in Southwest Michigan for over five decades.  From the Manpower Act to CETA thru JTPA, the Private Industry Council (PIC) to Michigan Works! and now Kinexus Group, our efforts and services have always focused on driving the economy forward.  In the last 50+ years, we have gone from a small federally designated workforce program to a diverse multi-faceted nonprofit organization. The journey started long ago with the belief we could make a difference with economically disadvantaged people.  And has grown into a belief we can provide solutions to complex economic challenges facing our region and the state of Michigan. It’s our rich history that compels us to transform the future of our state, our communities and our neighbors.

Think of us as a hub of change agents that connect people, resources, and organizations with strategies and services that make our region, and Michigan, a great place to do business.


Our Family of Organizations

Blue Water



Comprehensive Employment and Training Act was a federal program delivered by state and local governments to train workers and provide them jobs in the public sector or non-profits. The program offered work to those with low incomes and long term unemployed as well as summer jobs for low-income high school students.


The Job Training Partnership Act replaced CETA. Federal assistance was provided to regional boards to prepare youth and unskilled adults with training for entry into the private or public workforce. The funding was broken into categories such as adult and youth programs, summer youth, and dislocated workers.




Michigan Works!


The Michigan Works system, with regional boards made up of elected officials and private sector employers, was the first unified workforce development system in the United States. The system was designed to help employers in local regions, ready to meet the needs of each community in the service area. We operate in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.


The Berrien, Cass, Van Buren Michigan Works! system becomes Kinexus, a diversified non-profit that provides an array of services. Kinexus is focused on the employer as the main customer. The organization grows to include an alternative school, a statewide affiliate organization Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, and three Michigan Works Service Centers.




Youth Solutions


Youth Solutions is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to providing Michigan’s youth the support and experiences that prepare them for their futures. The organization aims to ensure every youth in Michigan has access to career-focused education through Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) and Youth Solutions (YS) Select. Youth Solutions was established as a 501(c)3 organization in 2017 but has been serving in this capacity, operating programs that focus on youth ages 11-24, since 2008. Since inception, Youth Solutions has impacted more than 35,300 youth across Michigan.


An award-winning nonprofit, we widened our footprint to include Youth Solutions, Michigan’s top at risk youth program; a diversified Michigan Works office; and economic development services for Van Buren County.


Kinexus Group


Market One


Formally known as Market Van Buren, Market One has principal responsibilities for economic and community development throughout Cass and Van Buren Counties. We connect people, investments, and organizations with strategies and services that improve the quality of life and economic conditions in our region. The organization develops strategies that will allow communities in southwest Michigan to thrive by addressing needs related to workforce, community, and business development.


The Manufacturing Growth Alliance (MGA) is a membership-based organization that provides services to help manufacturers build smart, lead strong, and establish a pathway for future growth. MGA services drive solutions that will make manufacturing in Michigan the most competitive and prosperous in the nation.


Manufacturing Growth Alliance


Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan


Originally founded by Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren in 2010 as a partner program through various local school districts, the previous version of Bridge Academy has served hundreds of students in the tri-county area. Now as a newly authorized public-school academy, Bridge Academy of Southwest Michigan was launched as a 9-12 high school, offering a no nonsense approach to graduation attainment, wrap-around support services and meaningful career exploration opportunities to the region. The academy is still located inside the Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren facility in Benton Harbor, allowing youth to access a variety of additional resources and support.


HR Collaborative, a Top 50 Michigan Company to Watch Awardee, has a vision to make work better by filling in the HR gaps organizations have today and helping them build more sustainable people practices for tomorrow. With clients across Michigan and the Midwest, HR Collaborative supports businesses with unlocking the power of positive engagement and a culture that inspires, motivates, and retains top talent.


HR Collaborative


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Kinexus Group?
    Kinexus Group is a family of organizations that are committed to inspiring positive economic change one person, one business, one community at a time. Our nonprofit pinpoints challenges and issues that keep our state from thriving, and addresses gaps in workforce, community and business development.
  • How is Kinexus Group funded?
    As of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we attract public and private sector funding sources to provide solutions for a wide array of business, workforce, and community challenges. Individual donations, grants, fee-for-service projects, social enterprises, and legislatively directed funding are among the ways in which we fund our work.
  • What's your relationship with Michigan Works!
    Kinexus Group has a family of organizations and Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren is one of our subsidiaries that serves the Southwest Michigan area.
  • What accomplishments has your organization achieved?
    We are committed to inspiring positive economic change one person, one business and one community at a time. Our purpose requires vision, innovation, persistence and partnerships. Learn more about all our organizations:
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