Training Resources and Data Utilization is Vital in Modern Workforce

This article appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of MiMfg Magazine. Read the full issue and find past issues online.

The Great Resignation has made finding, hiring and retaining top talent even more challenging for Michigan employers. For statewide manufacturers facing this daily struggle, it’s vital to utilize every tool available, including human resource services through MMA’s relatively new partnership with the American Society of Employers (ASE).

Through this partnership, MMA members can now take advantage of ASE training resources at member rates. MMA members also have access to the organization’s timely and valuable survey data.

Mary E. Corrado, President & CEO of ASE, says now is a crucial time to support employers and HR departments with additional resources.

“Finding and keeping top talent is a big challenge for employers,” Corrado says. “These resources are particularly timely in today’s post-pandemic job market.”

Employee Training Resources Available to MMA Members

ASE has more than 75 unique employee training and development courses available to MMA members at discounted rates. Anyone looking for their HR Certification Institute (HRCI) or Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) recertifications can take advantage of training and development courses through the MMA partnership. ASE offers courses for all employees including supervision and leadership courses as well as many personal and professional development courses. Classes are offered both in-
person and virtually.

Visit the MMA website to access the ASE catalog and your member discount code to receive the ASE member rate.

Salary Data You Can Count On

ASE’s compensation surveys are now free to any MMA member that participates in the survey. The Michigan Compensation Survey represents the largest collection of employer-reported wage and salary data in the state of Michigan. Last year, more than 300 companies reported on nearly 500 job titles.

Published annually, the extensive survey reports data by employer size, geographic area and industry to help companies track how their wages compare to local market rates.

ASE started conducting compensation surveys in the 1950s. Today ASE Vice President Kevin Marrs leads this important task.

Marrs says member companies appreciate the integrity of ASE’s compensation data. He adds, “We collect this information from companies’ HR departments instead of crowdsourcing. This helps us to report exactly what’s going on in the marketplace.”

Made in Michigan

MMA and ASE are legacy organizations with both associations celebrating 120 years! Corrado says ASE’s roots run deep in Michigan with roughly 99 percent of members based in the state. It was a natural fit for MMA and ASE to partner and create more value for MMA members.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with MMA,” says Corrado. “Our organizations both live to serve members, but we do so in different ways. So, it’s a very complimentary partnership.” 

Stay Competitive in Today’s Market

With so many current challenges when it comes to talent recruitment and retention, having additional resources through this new partnership can provide immense value for Michigan manufacturers.

See Member Benefits to learn more about how MMA members can save with ASE or contact MMA’s Brenda Nalett at 517-487-8512 or

Learn more about your MMA benefits through ASE at You can also reach out to Member Services Manager Brenda Nalett at 517-487-8512 or