Marcia S. Black-Watson serves as the Industry Engagement Division Administrator for the Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA). Ms. Black-Watson leads a team that promotes demand-driven workforce development strategies to help attract, retain, and develop talent in high growth, high wage industry sectors. The TIA Industry Engagement Division engages employers; the Michigan Works! System; educational entities; and other local, state and federal partners to execute programs and initiatives that produce successful recruitment, training, placement, and retention outcomes. The division administers programs such as the Apprenticeship State Expansion Grant, Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), Carl D. Perkins Post-Secondary, Going PRO Apprenticeship Readiness Initiative, Going Pro Talent Fund, Michigan Industry Cluster Approach (MICA), Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT2), and Talent Development Liaisons (TDLs).
Marcia has worked in the workforce development field since 1998, spearheading a number of state-level taskforces, projects, and initiatives focused on meeting the workforce demands of industry. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Materials and Logistics Management with a minor in Accounting from Michigan State University. She is a Certified Business Solutions Professional and serves on several boards and advisory committees, including Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) National Visiting Committee; Baker College – College of Business Advisory Board; Flint Genesee Job Corps Industry Advisory Council; and Michigan Academy for Greater Mobility Advancement Governance Board; Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee, Inc. (MASCI); and Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC).