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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Macie

Workforce Challenge

Macie completed the Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) program in the spring of 2015. She was assisted with a work placement at McDonald’s through WIA, but then lost the job the following summer. This past summer she had been working at Big Boy Restaurant when she contacted WIOA Career Coaches Bryan and AJ about getting assistance finding employment again through WIOA.

Workforce Solution

Macie had been living with grandparents since her one living parent resides across the country. She basically was supporting herself, and is currently pregnant. Her Career Coaches both saw some maturity and growth in her since she started on WIA/JMG. Knowing that the owner of REMAX was looking for a student for their front office since their current employee (who was also placed through our program) would be leaving for college by the end of August, Bryan thought of Macie. Macie was hired at REMAX New Horizons with funding through WIOA Paid Work Experience, and she will get hired on through them when her hours with WIOA are completed. Her supervisors report being very happy with her performance on the job, and Macie loves working at REMAX.

Outcomes & Benefits

Macie has been assisted with ongoing case management/mentoring, and WIOA has provided her with two work placements, along with support for work clothing and transportation on an ongoing basis. Thanks to this support, Macie has been able to catch up on credits. She also successfully completed JMG and has been gaining work skills over the past two years. In addition, Macie learned the importance of keeping good attendance at both work and school,and realizes how “not taking school seriously" can hurt her opportunities.

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