about us

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.

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

1973
CETA

– 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.

1982
JPTA

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.  

1995
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.

2013
Kinexus

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.

2018
Kinexus
Group

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 Market Van Buren, an economic development organization for Van Buren County.

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?


Last year Kinexus Group, through its family of organizations, served over 1,675 employers across the state. In addition, the organization served 3,177 at-risk-youth in 41 cities across Michigan, helped 687 students obtain their high school diploma or GED, trained 2,298 people in industries that grow our economy, and also filled 3,035 positions for 415 southwest Michigan employers.