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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Matthew

Workforce Challenge

Matthew visited Michigan Works! for assistance with tuition. He was in his last semester of the Utility Tech program through Alpena Community College and Lansing Community College/Consumer Energy Program. Due to his parents’ income, he didn’t qualify for a PELL grant, but without assistance, he wouldn’t be able to afford the costs of tuition.

Workforce Solution

Michigan Works! was able to help Matthey with his tuition, books and fees for Alpena Community College, as well as with over half the cost of the Lansing Community College/Consumer Energy program. They were also able to help him with rent and mileage while attending school, as well as with getting his CDL Class A license.

Outcomes & Benefits

Prior to this training, Matthew was laid-off from his part-time welding position. He is now employed with Consumer’s Energy making 225% more an hour as an Apprentice Lineman. He says, “Michigan Works! funding is the reason I will be an employee of Consumers Energy. Without the grant, tuition costs would have prevented this path in my life.”

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