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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Dennis

Workforce Challenge

When Dennis left his job to return home to spend time with his ailing father and then stayed to help his aging mother, he soon found that seasonal construction jobs and working shifts at the local supermarket weren’t providing him the income needed to pay his bills. Dennis needed a career that would keep him close to home, yet offer better wages. He needed financial assistance to pursue the Certified Welding Program being offered by the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway.

Workforce Solution

Talent Specialist Yolanda explained the Class Room Training funding offered through MW! to Dennis. With the help of the MW! staff, Dennis completed the required paperwork and was deemed eligible and suitable for the funding. Thanks to this grant, MW! was able to help pay some of Dennis’ tuition and mileage making it possible for him to complete IAI’s Certified Welding Program.

In addition to assistance obtaining training funds, Yolanda also helped Dennis, along with other IAI students, prepare for his graduation with a resume and interview workshop. With Yolanda’s help, Dennis updated his resume to reflect his new skills and practiced his interview techniques. This helped prepare Dennis for his interview at Decorative Panels International.

Outcomes & Benefits

After an initial Apprentice Maintenance position, Dennis now makes almost as much as he had prior to moving to the area. His welding skills have played an integral part in his new position and he is currently enrolled in the Millwright program at Alpena Community College.

Dennis states, “I appreciate all the help I received from Michigan Works. I am able to stay close to home and help my family and still make a decent living.”

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