Workforce Development

Workforce Development Services

Why choose Workforce Development?

Workforce development is at the heart of MRC Industries’ mission to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential. Our skill-building programs are designed to provide comprehensive support tailored to each individual’s unique needs and goals. Through personalized assessment and goal-setting, we identify areas for growth and development, whether it’s mastering vocational skills, improving communication abilities, enhancing daily living skills, or building social competencies. Our experienced team of instructors and support staff work closely with participants, utilizing evidence-based practices and innovative teaching methods to facilitate learning and foster independence. From structured workshops to hands-on training sessions, we offer a variety of opportunities for skill development in a supportive and inclusive environment. At MRC Industries, we are committed to equipping individuals with the tools and confidence they need to succeed in all aspects of life, laying the foundation for a brighter future filled with possibilities.

Community Volunteering

Community volunteering helps individuals explore interests, discover talents, expand knowledge, and develop skills so they can become integral members of their communities. Participants volunteer in various local organizations within Kalamazoo County. Workforce Development staff are committed to searching for and developing new activities that enhance participants’ lives and promote community inclusion. These services can be provided in small- or large-group settings.

Facility-Based Services

Facility-Based Services are provided on a staff to consumer ratio of 1:3 to 1:12. These services may include paid work opportunities as well as workforce development curriculum that allows individuals to develop social and interpersonal skills, good work habits, and work tolerance. In addition, individuals are able to gain the confidence needed to earn an income and become more involved in their communities in an environment that accommodates special needs and builds on abilities.


MRC artWorks is an art gallery, studio and retail store located on the Kalamazoo Mall in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. MRC artworks offers unique and affordable art created by individuals with disabilities, providing an outlet to achieve creative self‐expression in a way that promotes personal growth, dignity, and self-confidence. We strive to enrich the community with the diversity of art by participating in local Art Hops and promoting our artists’ work through a variety of venues. All artists receive a commission for the sale of their work, which not only serves as their source of income, but also enhances and reinforces their self-esteem and self-worth. MRC artWorks provides a safe, positive, and creative environment that focuses on the individual’s abilities rather than their disabilities.

Are you ready to come on board?

For more information or to refer someone to one of our programs, call 269-343-0747 or click the link to send us an email.

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