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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Lisa

Workforce Challenge

Lisa worked part-time at a local restaurant, barely making ends meet. She wanted a more secure future, but she didn’t have any formal training and knew she didn’t want to go to college. She heard about Michigan Works! from a friend and stopped by one day to see what it was all about.

During this time, Link Industries was dealing with years of declining productivity due to antiquated equipment, process and employee skills. To keep up with current customer demands and stay in business, their workers need to become proficient and certified in new skill sets. They partnered with Michigan Works! staff Nicole to develop training and hiring plans.

Workforce Solution

Lisa met with Michigan Works! staff to enroll in the job pool and discuss her different interests and skills. Barb teamed up with Michigan Works! staff Nicole to connect with the General Manager at Link Industries for an on-the-job training (OJT) possibility. The company was on board!

Outcomes & Benefits

With training, Lisa soon became proficient in learning how to operate and set-up several manual O.D. grinders, a skill she did not have before. She also learned how to read a blueprint, set-up and grind cutting tools, and measure parts using a micrometer. She has a great work ethic and meets production rates daily. Link Industries is very pleased with Lisa, and they have been approved for a Skilled Trades Training Fund grant. They hope to hire two more employees through OJT programs. Lisa says, "I'd like to thank the Michigan Works! team. The past months have been amazing and I've learned so much through OJT!"

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