Workforce Development

Empowering the Hispanic Community to achieve equity, self-sufficiency, and personalized prosperity. 

In partnership with local universities, businesses, and other organizations, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan acts as a bridge to provide language accessibility & professional development through a variety of programs.

Workforce Development


As the Hispanic community has been more negatively impacted during the COVID-19 Pandemic and has been unemployed at a higher rate than the white community in West Michigan, we began offering assistance with these services. We are able to support our clients through the entire process, including the initial claim, follow-ups, protests, and more.

If you are in need of these services, please contact our Career Development Specialists.

Our primary long-term objective in our Workforce Development Department is financial sustainability and prosperity, and that is defined individually.   ​

To achieve this, our Career Development Specialists works one on one with our clients to provide career development support which includes resume building, job search assistance, interview practice, and help getting connected with the right trainings and certifications. ​


When asking why you should finish your high school diploma, the answer might simply be that it can be difficult to find a job. For others, they may have completed their high school diploma and higher, but the credits do not transfer.

The GED credential is a valid substitute for a high school diploma, and 98 percent of colleges and universities in the United States accept it in applications, in addition to all branches of the U.S. military and most employers.

At the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, we offer GED classes IN SPANISH ONLY and our classes are designed for each student to go at their own pace.

For more information, please contact Jocelyne Romero at or call (616) 246-0563

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Digital Literacy


Career Development Specialist II

Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Hispanic Center


Career Development Specialist II

Mondays to Friday  from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hispanic Center


Financial Coach

Mondays to Friday  from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Hispanic Center



Youth Employment


We offer a 6 to 8 week program that prepares students between the ages of 14 and 24 for the workforce. Students gain valuable work experiences and skills through a paid internship, allowing them opportunities to explore various occupations and connect to local businesses and communities.

The program targets students living in the Grand Rapids area.

For more information, please contact Emily Sanchez at


Spring GR

Keep on learning


SpringGR is a business training experience for people with an idea to start and succeed in their own business. We work together one evening a week for 12 weeks, and will give them the tools and confidence they need to turn that idea into a real business.
  • The Hispanic Center serves as a site for the Spanish course
  • The course is offered in the Spring and in the Fall