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 Team

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 Luis at or call (616) 246-0567

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One Workforce

Looking for a job or additional training in the various manufacturing fields? Do you want to send your employees to train in emerging technologies?

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Digital Literacy

Luis Querales

Career Development Specialist

Looking for a job? Need help with a resume or interested in furthering your education? Contact Luis to learn all about the next steps you can take towards your career!

(616) 246-0567


Mayra Carrillo

Career Development Specialist

Don't know what your next steps for your career? Need help preparing for an interview? Contact Mayra to learn what options are available towards furthering your career!

(616) 246-0560

Citas / Appointments

Naxhiely Mazariegos

Financial Coach

It's never too late to start investing time into your investments! Schedule an appointment with Naxhiely today to learn the essential skills towards managing your finances!

Citas / Appointments

Financial Coaching


  • Credit
    • Pull/review credit report; dispute incorrect/outdated information
  • Debt
    • Create a debt management plan; manage creditors/debt collectors
  • Savings
    •  Identify a savings vehicle, build a savings plan
  • Cash Flow
    • Calculate & organize income/expenses; prioritize expenses
  • Financial Products
    • Financial product check up; access affordable financial products
(616) 649-3713


One Workforce

Want to grow your skill set? GRCC offers free 18 week courses for Welding and CNC in Spanish. GRCC also offers a variety of trade classes and we can find one that best fits you!


  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • 17.5 years or older
  • Not be enrolled in secondary education

Classes Offered:

  • CNC Machining Job Training Program *
  • Welding Technician Job Training Program *
  • Basic Industrial Electricity Certificate
  • Electrical Controls/ Mechatronics Certificate
  • Industrial Maintenance Certificate

* Offered in Spanish

For more information, contact Luis or Mayra to learn more: 616.246.0567 or (616) 246-0560

Computer Classes 

Want to improve your computer skills? The Hispanic Center is offering an 8-week course to learn basic computer skills including:

Learning Google Email
Google Calendar
Google Documents
Creating Resumes

For more information, contact Luis at 616.246.0567 or

GED Classes

Want to get your GED or know someone who does? This is your chance to get your GED and the classes will be in SPANISH!

Classes start on September 11th at the Hispanic Center 

Registration required by April 28 

$155 for new students
$35 for returning students
Questions? Want to enroll? Contact Mayra at
(616) 246-0560

Past Events

Feria del Empleo

El Centro Hispano será el anfitrión de una feria de empleo con DeWys Manufacturing. Ellos tienen posiciones abiertas que incluyen lo siguiente:

1. Línea de Pintura Punto Persona – 2º Turno/Bilingüe

2. Operador de Prensas Plegadoras – 2º Turno

3. Miembro del Equipo de la Línea de Pintura – 2º Turno

Si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al 616-677-7763

Interested in Hosting a Job Fair at the Center?

Our Cesar E. Chavez room is open for non-profit and for profit organizations to host events. We cannot host fundraising, political, or commercial use events, or private parties.

Filling out this form does not guarantee that the room will be reserved, all reservations will be pending until they are approved by the Community Engagement Manager.

Once you have completed this form please submit it to Rocio Rodriguez at:

For questions about the job fair please contact Holly Rea Clarkson at:

HCWM Venue Rental Form