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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!


Meet Brent

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Workforce Challenge

Brent, a Navy Veteran, visited the Onaway Michigan Works! office in November, 2014. He had worked for four years in lawn and garden maintenance, but was laid off up to six months of every year. Every year, once his unemployment ran out, he would struggle to pay his bills. Brent came to Michigan Works! hoping to find a more permanent employment solution.

Workforce Solution

Talent Specialist Yolanda explained Veterans Priority of Service and the enrollment process. She also helped Brent create a resume and apply for a General Laborer position at Carmeuse Cedarville. Shortly thereafter, Brent was notified that he was placed on a waiting list. Meanwhile, Yolanda referred Brent to the Petoskey Michigan Works! office since they had funding available for the CNC training at North Central Michigan College. Brent completed his CNC training and was hired by Kelly Services to work for an engineering company. After completing his 90 day probation period at the company, he received the call from Carmeuse and was offered a Utility Worker position in Cedarville, MI, making 60% more than he did at his previous job.

Outcomes & Benefits

Since starting at Carmeuse, Brent has received several raises and is now making nearly 66% more with full benefits; plus, he doesn’t have to worry about 6-month layoffs now!

Brent writes, “The Onaway Michigan Works! has helped me in many ways: finding a job, through schooling, job searching, V.A. benefits. Yolanda was very friendly and helpful and spent a lot of time and effort helping me. My new job at Carmeuse is very good, thanks very much.”


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