2022 SEMCA Annual Report – Adapting and Thriving


As we reflect back on 2022, we’re proud of how SEMCA was able to continue to respond to the shifting landscape, as our communities have been moving forward despite lingering impacts of the COVID pandemic. We found new ways to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in our areas, and we were part of many significant collaboratives across our region bringing new resources for youth outreach and programming, for responding to shifts in our mobility industries and for increased training and apprenticeships to our area. SEMCA also launched several service elements targeted to increase job seeker access to support and programs.

SEMCA’s leadership began to implement the new Strategic Plan, which was developed during 2021, which lays out the mission, vision and priorities for the organization through 2024. With a focus on collaboration, service delivery, brand identity and funding diversification, the plan maps out how to ensure SEMCA remains a pillar for our region. As always, SEMCA continues in our commitment to engaging and supporting businesses with their employment needs and equal commitment to assisting individuals with their pursuit of a job or career.

In 2022, SEMCA also grew in scope with some new and expanded areas of programming. We received two new grants in the youth space: 1) from the Ballmer Group to build our capacity to serve the unique needs of this generation of youth and 2) a congressionally directed spending project to serve students in Wayne-Westland Community Schools.
We also were selected as a co-recipient on a major regional initiative to strengthen and secure Michigan’s role as a global leader in mobility. As part of the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM), SEMCA’s team will lead the work to support employers and career seekers to transition talent to EV and other new technology. 2022 also saw SEMCA selected by Wayne County as a partner to implement their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Workforce project, WayneLINC. With all these new projects, SEMCA looks forward to working with new and existing partners to enhance service delivery.
Many of SEMCA’s successes in 2022 are presented in the subsequent pages of this Annual Report. As the Chief Elected Official and Chair of the Southeast Governmental Alliance Board and the Chair of the Workforce Development Board, we would like to congratulate the SEMCA Boards, staff and its partners for their innovation, devotion and hard work, as well as their many successes throughout the year. We look forward to our continued partnerships in the future.
Abdul Haidous
Charlotte (Charlie) Mahoney
Gregory Pitoniak
As Chief Executive Officer of SEMCA, I feel blessed with the partners we have. I want to especially acknowledge our several contracted service providers who carry out the daily work at our American Job Centers, and who were critical in our pivot to remote and virtual services over the past year: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), the Downriver Community Conference (DCC), Educational Data Systems, Inc. (EDSI), Employment & Training Designs Inc. (ETDI), Michigan Workforce Development Institute (WDI), Monroe County Employment & Training Department (MCETD), Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD), SERCO, and The Information Center, Inc. (TIC).


Commissioner Abdul Haidous – SEGA Board Chair & Chief Elected Official
Charlotte (Charlie) Mahoney – Workforce Development Board Chair
Gregory Pitoniak – Chief Executive Officer