Michigan Works! Association honors Novi IT company


At the Michigan Works! 2018 Impact Awards were (left to right) Kris Hingst, marketing manager, Red Level; Shanon Berry, director of sales, Red Level; David King, president and CEO, Red Level; and Dan Hunter, Jennifer Llewellyn, Kristina Kurtz, and Mona Diegel of Oakland County Michigan Works! Novi.

– Photo courtesy of Oakland County

Red Level, a Novi-based full-service information technology company, was recognized with a Michigan Works! Association Impact Award for forming strategic a partnership with Oakland County and Oakland County Michigan Works! to upskill, train, and expand the company's workforce.

Red Level was nominated for the award by Oakland County Michigan Works! Novi, which also was honored along with the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and its Tech248 program for their work supporting Red Level. The awards were given Wednesday during a luncheon in Lansing.

"I congratulate Red Level for partnering with the county and Oakland County Michigan Works! to address critical staffing and training needs as they've grown over the past few years," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "This is another example of how the county works to help its partners succeed. This award is well deserved."

Red Level needed skilled technical workers and turned to Oakland County and its Tech248 program in 2016 to broaden its search for technical candidates. Oakland County Michigan Works! aggressively promoted open positions and referred job candidates to the firm. Red Level worked with Oakland County Michigan Works! and received a Skilled Trades Training Fund grant that enabled the company to train 23 employees and hire four additional employees.

"We're tremendously honored to be selected to receive the Impact Award," Red Level CEO Dave King said. "It's a particularly prestigious honor for a company such as ours. This award is a concrete demonstration of the fact that our work is having a beneficial effect not only on our company but the broader community and the regional economy. As a business which was formed expressly to deliver valuable and vital services to other companies, helping to propel their success, that's exactly the effect we want to have. It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to attracting and growing the highest quality talent."

Tech248 companies attend monthly meet-ups to connect with potential partners, suppliers and customers, as well as build a talent pipeline to address information technology staffing needs in the region.

Oakland County Michigan Works! provides a variety of services to both businesses and individuals through its network of eight service centers located in Ferndale, Highland, Novi, Oak Park, Pontiac, Southfield, Troy, and Waterford. Business services focus on recruiting and retaining talent, no-cost training and hiring support, and providing labor market information. Individuals use the centers for assistance with job searches, education and training programs, and career management counseling. Combined, the Oakland County Michigan Works! offices serve more than 40,000 people per year. For additional information, visit OaklandCountyMiWorks.com or call 1-800-858-5127.


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