Michael Polzin is employed as a project manager at PPA where he works extensively on workforce development projects, including the evaluation of several programs, funded through the U.S. Department of Labor that focus on supply-side responses that address employer demand for a skilled workforce. He is also a co-developer and a principal instructor of the Business Solutions Professional training certification program, a professional development initiative for workforce development, economic development, education, and business assistance professionals to identify and, in partnership, address a wide range of business needs to enhance competitiveness.
At MSU, Dr. Polzin often worked directly with businesses, labor organizations, workforce agencies, and others to help businesses prosper and workers succeed. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Kookmin University in the Republic of Korea in 2008. Previously, he served on the staff of the Michigan Governor's Office for Job Training, promoting employee ownership and participative work systems to union and management leaders and also worked with a private consulting firm in Philadelphia that created worker-owned and controlled businesses. He holds a doctorate and a master's in adult education from Temple University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Aquinas College.