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


  • Unemployment
    • 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.

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

      To achieve this, our Workforce Development Navigator 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. 

  • Worker’s Compensation/ Labor Issues
  • Filling Out Forms/ DHS Applications

Arisbet Cardoza-Requena

Workforce Development Navigator

Looking for a job? Need help with filling out general forms or a DHS application? Contact Arisbet to learn all about the next steps you can take towards your career!

Camila Salcedo

One Workforce Coordinator

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

Workforce Development


  • One Workforce
    • One Workforce offers manufacturing training, which is vital for individual career growth, economic prosperity, and the continued success of the manufacturing industry. One Workforce’s commitment to providing these training opportunities demonstrates its dedication to both individuals and the broader community. 

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    • Pull/review credit report; dispute incorrect/outdated information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

Training Facilitator


  • Digital Literacy
    • We offer FREE computer classes where you will learn how to navigate the internet, email, Microsoft 365, etc.
  • One Workforce Training
    • CNC Prep Course, Manufacturing Fundamentals, etc.
(616) 951-4826

Luis Querales

Training Facilitator

Want to advance your computer skills? Or would to take a CNC Prep Course? Luis can help you with that!

Citas / Appointments


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! 

$155 for new students
$35 for returning students
Questions? Want to enroll?
(616) 742-0200

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