Economic & Workforce Development

Train. Learn. Succeed.

You need a trusted partner to close the skills gap, poise your company for future growth and help support the economic development of your community. Oakland Community College is that partner.  
Hundreds of companies in Michigan trust our Department of Economic and Workforce Development. As the training arm of the college, our expert staff has worked with companies – big and small – to provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training courses and services, ultimately helping you to remain competitive and meet your strategic goals.  

Are you interested in continuing your education?

Now more than ever, the job market moves fast. Skills that were relevant even five years ago can be outdated, requiring new training. We are leading the way in building continuing education options designed to help you enter a rewarding new career, enhance the quality of your existing one – or even pursue a passion or interest that you’ve always wanted to explore. Learn more  

An education partnership focused on your company's needs

Michigan New Jobs Training

Michigan New Jobs

Training: This state-sponsored program focuses on new job creation. It uses deferred payroll taxes to cover a broad range of training expenses.  Learn more 

Existing Training Programs

Existing Training Programs

We have partnered with employers – and local and state government – to develop comprehensive training programs for the most in-demand, entry-level positions. Learn more  

10,000 Small Businesses

10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB)

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs, this workforce development program is designed to support your Detroit-area business while helping to drive local economic growth.  Learn more  

Custom Training Solutions

Custom Training Solutions

Our specialists can partner with you to identify the training needs of your organization or team and build training that meets your strategic goals. Learn more 

Employer Partnership Opportunities

Employer Partnership Opportunities

Our coordinators will work with you to create a partnership that suits your company’s needs. Learn more



Top workforce development instructors 

  • Expertise: Our instructors are subject matter experts who have local, national and international business experience in their respective fields. 
  • Success: They have proven track records in adult learning and teaching, and they receive top scores from class participants. 
  • Adaptability: In addition to working as professors, they have firsthand experience as leaders of large corporations, presidents and business owners, published researchers and authors. They also have worked with every size company, from Fortune 500 to small and family-owned. 
  • Credentials: Our workforce development instructors possess relevant certifications and advanced training, including doctoral degrees.

Proven Company Success

“Partnering with OCC to deliver high potential leadership programs at Inalfa has proven to enhance the skills of our current managers by helping them to transition from a manager into a more strategic leader in the business."
- Erica N. Fairchild, Inalfa Roof Systems 

“The low ropes course team building activity was a wonderful experience for our group. Some members of the team have been working together for years, while others just joined a few weeks prior to the event. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to come together outside of the office and focus on team development. The instructor was truly top notch. He effectively challenged the group while creating a comfortable environment for all participants. He provided a great balance of teaching and humor that kept the entire group engaged throughout the process. I have recommended this program to numerous leaders in the organization.” 
- Development Specialist, Chrysler Group, LLP