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Welcome to Michigan ERN

November 11, 2022: Michigan ERN KPI Annual Report

Michigan ERN Success Coaches assisted 1,915 employees wih 4,532 services October 2021-September 2022, providing solutions to immedicate challenges and pathways to short and long term goals for greater stability and job retention. Full report..

February 11, 2022: New Employer Members!

We welcome Tenneco and Autocam to the Southwest Michigan ERN and Pliant Plastics Corporation to the Lakeshore ERN! 

Employers & Success Coaches Share Best Practices


Nearly 60 success coaches, employers and strategic partners gathered on January 9th, 2018 in Galesburg, Michigan at the Michigan ERN Annual Peer Learning Conference to share best practices and offer insights on Community Ventures, outreach, and innovative benefit programs. The latest updates in SuccessForce reporting, calculating ROI, and working together as a statewide network of Employer Resource Networks® were also discussed. We thank Bell’s Brewery (a Southwest Michigan ERN employer member) for hosting and to all those participating that made the event a great success!   Pictured are Michgian ERN Success Coaches in attendance.

Michigan ERN Presents at Marshall Manufacturers Association Meeting

Thursday, February 18, 2021


James Vander Hulst, CDO, ERN USA and President, Michigan ERN, will present to the Marshall Manufacturers Association (MMA) today discussing how the ERN® (Employer Resource Network®) model is an innovative approach to workforce development to drive business growth and support employees. "ERNs® find solutions for both employees and employers utilizing Success Coaches and other creative, collaborative idea,." said MMA. James, along with Success Coach, April Hall (Southwest Michigan ERN), will discuss approaches and benefits to joining an ERN®.

Employer Resource Networks® are private-public consortia whose purpose is improved workforce retention through employee support and training

The key ERN® innovations are:

  • business engagement
  • cross-sector collaboration among employers
  • human services and educators
  • workplace-based employee success coaching (case management)
  • real-time referrals to community resources

ERN® stakeholders include:

  • small to mid-sized companies
  • public human services and workforce development
  • private non-profits
  • community colleges and vocational training organizations
  • local, regional and national foundations and United Ways

ERNs® improve communities in a variety of ways:

  • employers retain an engaged and skilled workforce
  • public agencies and nonprofits get better outcomes from programs that advance economic independence
  • community colleges add students and build closer ties to area businesses

ERNs® are a value proposition to all stakeholders. Their outcomes include:

  • employee retention rates of 90%-98%
  • average employer ROI of 500% 
  • increased employee engagement
  • improved company culture
  • informal regional human resource networks
  • decreased employee reliance on public assistance
  • increased family financial stability

ERN® Programs help employees access social service and training programs that support employment.

ERNs® partner with local government, non-profits and private employers to offer the best resources available

ERNs® network with other Employer Resource Networks® (ERNs) across the country who share best practices and ideas.

The Success Coach can confidentially help employees:

  • improve employment skills
  • overcome personal barriers
  • prepare for advancement opportunities

ERNs® coordinate with community organizations to offer training opportunities such as:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Computer applications
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Diversity education
  • Credit repair and foreclosure prevention
  • Affordable family nutrition
  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • Leadership and problem solving
  • Math proficiency
  • GED classes
  • Health and wellness
  • Free income tax preparation

ERN-USA National News

ERN USA Administrator Webinar: Recruiting, Engaging, and Sustaining Employer Members

Join Us for Process, Best Practices & Discussion!
  • Review the process & learn best practices from admin growing ERNs
  • Articulate the value of ERNs in recruitment
  • Sustain employer members with ongoing engagement

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