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Michigan Works! Celebrates Success
An emotional video demonstrates many ways that Michigan Works! has helped the unemployed gain training and new jobs.
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Meet Penny
When the plant where she worked closed its doors, Penny decided to go back to college.
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Expanding the Product Line
A bakery receives incumbent worker funds to train employees to make a new specialty product.
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Meet Scott
Reemployment services after a plant closure allow Scott to train for a new career and find a great new job.
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Meet Aaron
After assistance obtaining his GED and securing transportation for work, a grateful Aaron lands a full time job and creates stability for his family.
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Customer Success Stories

Meet Erich
Trade Adjustment Assistance program helps laid-off job seeker transition to a new manufacturing job.
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Meet TIm
Support of workforce center staff help job seeker find perfect job after long years of unemployment.
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Meet Faith
JMG program helps homeless student complete GED, enroll in CNA classes, and find employment.
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Meet Susan
Talent Specialist helps job seeker identify skills that lead to job offer for full-time employment in doctor's office.
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Meet Cindy
Workforce center helps job seeker find part-time and full-time employment during six month layoff.
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Meet Josh
Classroom Training program provides financial and transportation assistance to help student complete RN training and move up career pathway to better job.
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Meet Carl
Manufacturing and construction worker changes to career as a truck driver after injury causes unemployment.
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Meet Tasha
PATH program and transportation assistance help single mom get back on her feet by providing a reliable way for her to get to work.
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Meet Brent
Veteran receives job training and and job search assistance to find full-time job.
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Meet Vickie
Homeless mother finds new employment and housing with help from workforce center for resume building, interview skills and supportive services.
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Meet Victoria
Workforce center matches job seeker with business customer request for screening and referral services for job opening.
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Meet Miles Apiaries
New business partners with Michigan Works to fulfill hiring needs to staff new facility.
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Meet Mandy
Young mother obtains GED and driver's license and gains employment to begin journey to self-sufficiency.
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Meet Adam
Class Room Training funding helps dislocated worker gain welding certification to improve his employment situation.
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Meet Dennis
Opportunity to learn new skills, along with resume and interviewing support, help job seeker find steady employment and care for aging parents.
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Meet Carrie
Support and coaching fro workforce staff help job seeker overcome challenges to find full-time employment.
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Meet Sara
High school drop out--homeless and unemployed--learns success comes one step at a time.
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Meet Nicholas
Michigan Works! helps high school dropout earn GED and CDL.
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Meet Noah
Class Room Training Program provides tuition assistance for Alpena student to finish earning credentials in concrete technology
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Meet Mary
Michigan Works! Talent Specialist helps laid off worker gain computer skills, greater confidence and a new job.
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Meet Carol
Michigan Works! helps unemployed home health aide update resume and search for new job.
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Meet Cody
High school dropout receives educational support, secures GED and enlists in the Army
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Meet Jonathon
Through tuition assistance, Job Seeker is able to graduate, secure a position and increase his wage by 262%
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Patchwood
Through STTF, Company hires 5 and trains a total of 17
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Meet Valerie
Job Seeker overcomes computer phobia and secures position
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Meet Louis
Job Seeker receives referral and OJT, increasing wages by 30%
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Meet Chris
Plagued by seasonal work, dislocated worker receives assistance to be hired as a corrections officer
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Meet Chelsea
After family death, youth receives financial assistance to continue school with high hopes
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Meet Christi
Dislocated worker ready to move when job lead and OJT result in local employment and retention
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Meet Tammy
Youth mom receives guidance and support to achieve GED and attend community college
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SAFCU Update
Recruitment assistance helps business thrive during growth spurt
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Straits Area Services
Unique staffing agency grows financially by 10% with recruitment help from MW!
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Rally's Franchise
Through recruitment services, franchise owner employs 20 with the hopes of hiring 10 more
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Meet Roy and Stella
Job Seekers receive clothing and gas vouchers for job fair interview, resulting in employment for both
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Meet Dusty
A medical condition doesn't stop Dusty from pursuing work and continuing to learn new skills.
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Meet Jordan
Incumbent Worker grant helps Jordan's business pay for training to increase her skills and earn a promotion.
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Meet Luis
Skilled Trades Training Fund empowers skilled worker to improve supervisory skills, resulting in a promotion to oversee a second department
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Meet Thai Summit America and Martin
Automotive company hires over 100 people after utilizing the Skilled Trades Training Fund, and Martin earns a full-time job with a 40% pay increase
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AA Gear & Manufacturing
Manufacturing company trains existing employees and expands through the Skilled Trades and On-the-Job Training funds
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KW Corporation
Training assistances helps company expand into the wireless market and hire three employees
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GKI Foods LLC
Best practices training overhauls new warehouse space, resulting in better efficiency for 40-year-old chocolatier
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Alpena Ground Services
MichiganWorks! provides successful recruitment services and helps hire three
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The Shoe Dept
Recruitment assistance refers new store manager, who also utilizes MichiganWorks! to fill employment needs
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Meet Zakery
Through training and other financial assistance, Job Seeker's dream becomes a reality
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Brighton NC Machine
Manufacturing company transitions from small scale to 24-7 with STTF training, expecting savings of $78K and hiring two
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W.G. Benjey
Manufacturing company upgrades technology and, through the Skilled Trades Training Fund grant, invests in training five employees
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Meet Lesley
Incumbent worker matches skills with training and successfully transitions to new area with an increase in pay
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Meet Laura
Long-Term unemployed and unskilled job seeker receives job search assistance and finds new career
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Meet Gerald
Experienced Job Seeker gets laid off, completes certificate and becomes the teacher himself
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Meet Dianne
Older Job Seeker receives job search assistance and finds part-time employment after unemployment benefits run out
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Meet Matthew
Student grateful for financial assistance; now making 225% more an hour as an Apprentice Lineman
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Meet Kimberly
Student feared having to drop out of school, but Michigan Works! came to the rescue with financial assistance
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Meet Kaylee
High school, single mother of twins seeks job search assistance and finds full-time employment
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Meet Liliana
Manufacturing company invests in employees through the STTF grant and Job Seeker develops supervisory skills
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Meet Jason
Temp to hire finds full-time employment and promotion with on-the-job training funds
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Meet Shannan
Single mother of three seeks job support, attends training and gets off unemployment after achieving goal of becoming a CNA
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Meet Michael
Job Seeker becomes asset to local Senior Center after seeking job search assistance and finding job in his field of interest
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Meet Vanessa
Isolated Youth excels with assistance from the WIA Youth program and becomes certified emergency nurse
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Meet Doug
Stay-at-home dad seeks assistance re-entering the workforce and finds job as a general laborer
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Meet James
After being laid off and visiting Michigan Works!, Veteran finds job matching his skill set
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Tri State Forest Products
New company impressed by impromptu visit from Michigan Works!; hires veteran, receives WOTC
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Meet Jason
Through OJT, Job Seeker clocks 810 training hours, realizes 3 wage increases and never stops finding ways to advance
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Meet Kurt
Recently released from prison, Job Seeker realizes wealth of resources at Michigan Works! and secures job
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Moran Iron Works
Manufacturing company receives STTF grant, partners with a local college and actively pursues training for incumbent workers
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Meet Stephanie
Single mom finds positive outlook and job thanks to assistance from Michigan Works!
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State Farm Agent, Cory
Small business owner is grateful for on-the-job training program and hires and trains two new employees
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Meet Matt
After job search assistance and emboldened with a tailored resume, Job Seeker accepts manufacturing position
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Meet Danielle
Lacking online skills, Job Seeker credits Michigan Works! with his success story
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Meet Danielle
Determined single mom seeks job search assistance and secures full-time position
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Meet Stephen
Dislocated worker finds his break after receiving job search assistance and attending local career fair
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Meet Laura
Financial assistance empowers stay-at-home mom to achieve childhood dream of becoming a nurse
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Meet Lisa
Barely making ends meet, Job Seeker completes on-the-job training and becomes an in-demand, skilled worker
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Meet Jeremiah
Job Seeker secures full-time (hopefully, long-term) employment after job search assistance and on-the-job training
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Meet Katherine
Michigan Works! helps Job Seeker navigate challenging job transition
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Meet Sally
Job search assistance helps mother of growing family to find employment and support her children
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Meet Sherri
Job Seeker perseveres in hard circumstances and teams up with Michigan Works! for training and financial assistance
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Meet Adam
Sky is the limit for youth who took the initiative to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience and secure job
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Meet Casey
Youth graduates high school, enrolls in CNA program and considers employment options for the future
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Meet Maria
Job Seeker relocates, seeks job search assistance and secures position at a good wage
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Meet Zoey
Struggling Youth gains skills and exposure to local companies, and secures job
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Meet Thomas
Through Michigan Works!, Dislocated Worker finds training, new career and a increase in pay
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Meet Andrew
Dislocated worker finds new confidence and job after receiving job search assistance
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Grayling Generating Station
Employee training at college, exceeds expectations for manufacturer who invests in 14 employees
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Tube Fab
Through the STTF, manufacturing company invests in their employees, training 55 and hiring 11
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Meet Lynne
Job search and recruitment assistance proves successful for local business and job seeker alike
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Meet Jordyn
Back on track to graduate on time, relocated Youth gains confidence and needed support through WIA program
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Straits Area Federal Credit Union
Bank utilizes Michigan Works! recruiting assistance and hires a total of 8 people
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Meet Heather
Relocated job seeker behind on payments seeks job search and financial assistance, and secures employment with a 17% increase in pay
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Meet Paul
Manufacturer seeks OJT through Michigan Works! and after training, job seeker excels as a Grinder/Mill Hand
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Ramada Inn of Grayling
Partnership between hotel company and Michigan Works! makes training possible for 7 with 1 new hire
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Meet Michael
Veteran Job Seeker is grateful for job search assistance after being released from prison and securing a job
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Meet Destiny
Unemployed to full-time Direct Care Worker, Job Seeker utilizes job search assistance and secures the job she loves
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Meet Jessica
Single parent finds fresh start and new outlook after job search assistance results in more hours and increased pay
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Meet Anthony
Job search assistance helps Job Seeker move from part-time to full-time with a 40% per hour pay increase
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Meet Austin
High School dropout perseveres and earns GED with plans to enlist in the National Guard
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Talent Tours for Youth
Industry tours provide information and a vision for the future, motivating youth to seek training and invest locally
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Meet Shanna
Bullied youth receives GED support and financial assistance to make a better future for herself
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Meet Alexis
Youth graduates H.S. and plans for college after vital scholastic and personal support from Project Explore and Succeed programs
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Specialty Tube Solutions
New manufacturer hires two, quadruples bottom line, and intends to hire 6 more thanks to Michigan Works! and the SBDC
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Meet Avery
WIA program supports Youth in securing additional credits to graduate and advocates for acceptance into college
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Meet Makayla
Supported by WIA, Youth discovers structure and guidance to put her life back on track
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Meet Makinzie
With help from JMG and WIA, troubled Youth transforms into a leader with aspirations of attending college
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Meet Bonnie
Job Seeker lands dream job as CNA after receiving financial assistance for licensing
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Meet Todd
Aging Job Seeker receives necessary job search assistance to secure full-time job and become self-sufficient
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Meet Sara
Discouraged job seeker unlocks arsenal of job search assistance at Michigan Works! and is hired full-time after one interview
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Meet Josh
Commuter desired position closer to home and through On-the-Job Training, gained necessary skills to be hired and promoted
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Hancock Haven Retirement Village
Retirement village seeks mix of skills and heart, and Michigan Works! finds the perfect person, providing On-the-Job Training
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Meet Debbie
Advertising executive finds new position with job assistance from Michigan Works! after severe cuts in pay, benefits and hours
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Dean Arbour Ford
Career fair exceeds company's expectations and three people hired so far
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Ben's Soft Pretzels
New company requires manager before grand opening and receives interview space, assistance with resumes, booth at career fair and OJT
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Meet Jean
Assistance with exam and licensing fees help Jean become a licensed Realtor and start a new career.
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Meet Justin
Young father enrolls in RN training with assistance from the youth program.
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Meet AA Gear & Manufacturing and Tim
Manufacturing company receives funds for training, allowing for new hires, while employee Tim attends training and receives a 7% pay increase.
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Meet Thai and Marquan
360-view of STTF grant shows how business and job seeker benefit from job creation and on-the-job training.
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TG Fluid Systems USA Corp
Through STTF, Company trains and advances existing employees, becoming more competitive in the industry.
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Eberspaecher
Company receives $150K through the STTF program and creates 129 positions, hires 80 employees, and provides training for 110 existing employees.
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UPS
Service Center collaborates with local partners to recruit 70 job seekers and develops partnership for future recruitment activities.
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Meet Bradley
Skilled Trades Training Fund grant helps job seeker secure technical skills, resulting in a pay increase of almost 30%
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Meet Mikhail
Job seeker promotion made possible with Skilled Trades Training Fund grant
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Meet Mark
Incumbent Worker training funds allow employer to train employees in new skills for increased wages and advancement within company.
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Meet Andrew
Employed worker able to take advantage of OJT through Incumbent Worker training program to enhance his skills and increase his wage.
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Meet Jason
Incumbent Worker training funds enable company to train employees and promote from within.
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Meet James
Laid off electrical contractor utilizes support services to receive unemployment benefits and find new employment.
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Meet Laura
Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium team provides financial assistance for schooling, transportation and child care expenses while job seeker completes nursing school to realize childhood dream.
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Meet Vanessa
WIA Youth program provides high schooler with guidance and funds to complete high school and develop strategic career plan for success in life.
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State Farm Insurance
Michigan Works! On the Job Training program provides funds and staff support for successful recruiting and on boarding at local State Farm Insurance office.
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Meet Jeannie
Department of Human Services and Michigan Works! prepare job seeker with skills and resources to secure new employment.
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Meet Daniel
Job seeker learns online job search skills from workforce center staff and secures employment.
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Meet Danielle
Single mom receives assistance from workforce center to overcomes barriers, learn work ready skills and find full time employment to support her family.
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Meet Rusty
Worker receives support to complete GED and earn technical certifications to advance with employer and increase wage.
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Meet Jennifer
On the Job Training program offers under employed job seeker stable employment within a strong industry.
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Meet Austin
On-the-Job Training supported by Michigan Works! allows employee to learn new CNC machining skills and be in line for higher wage positions.
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Meet Trevor
Youth program supports teen in overcoming failing grades to graduate high school, earn multiple certificates and advance to college.
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Meet Brian
Youth program offers opportunity for struggling high schooler the opportunity to gain work experience and improve self esteem.
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Meet Jake
On the Job Training pushes employee to greater opportunities with current employer.
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AA Gear & Manufacturing
Skilled Trades Training Fund enables manufacturing firm to train eleven employees.
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Meet Randy
Skilled Trades Training Funds opens opportunity for job seeker to earn training and higher wage with secure job position.
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Meet Kyle
Skilled Trades Training Funds enables training for 14 workers at Michigan firm.
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Brighton NC Machine
Skilled Trades Training funds provides Lean Methodology training dollars for Michigan manufacturing firm to be more competitive in automotive industry.
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Meet Jamie
Job search and interview prep skills help job seeker find new job.
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Meet Stephanie
Michigan Works! staff offers job search assistance and interview preparation to help job seeker find new work.
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Meet Leon
WIA Adult Program offers tuition assistance and support for new license that enables employee to secure desired work position.
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Meet Elizabeth
Highly skilled professional repackages herself for new career with assistance from PATH and Michigan Works! team.
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Meet Ryan
Funds offered through Skilled Trades Training and On the Job Training allows employees to enhance skills and improve wages.
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Mitchell State Park
State agency partners with Michigan Works! to successfully hire 8 qualified employees.
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Meet Lorna
Job seeker utilizes Northwest Michigan Works! to improve resume and interviewing skills for new job in growing healthcare field.
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Meet Jason
Job seeker uses On the Job Training to learn welding and excel in new career.
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Meet Choral
Job center staff supports job seeker with skill enhancement and career direction to secure steady employment.
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Meet Heather
Job seeker uses TAA training benefits for higher education and secures two new jobs.
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Meet Doug
Assistance with a resume, along with learning job search and interviewing skills helps Doug find a new job.
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World of Floors
Employer accesses on the job training funds to bring a dislocated worker up to speed on a new job, resulting in a win-win for both parties.
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Meet Janet
Dislocated worker pivots lay off to pursue new degree and career with support of Capital Area Michigan Works!
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Reliance One
Candidate screening and recruiting assistance help a staffing company identify qualified candidates for hard-to-fill positions.
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Meet Dottie
Seasoned Home Health Aide secures new position with asssitance of center staff.
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Meet Bobbie
Barriers to employment overcome with center staff support. Full time position secured.
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American Process Inc.
International biorefinery partners with Michigan Works! and the City of Alpena for successful expansion. Business grows and workforce benefits.
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Meet Rebecca
Job seeker finds employment and OJT through Michigan Works! WIA program.
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Meet Michael
Unemployed veteran with carpentry skills finds employment and support support from Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium.
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Meet Edward
Homeless and unemployed veteran receives support from Michigan agencies to find a home and secure employment.
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Meet Tyler
Two Michigan agencies partner to support youth in overcoming multiple barriers. Graduates from high school, obtains drivers license and begins job search.
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Meet Terry
Laid off worker uses TAA/TRA benefits assistance to pursue a bachelors degree and a new career.
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Meet Emmanuel
Emmanuel overcomes employment barriers and finds a job with help from the Detroit One Stop Center.
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Meet David
Trade Act funding helps David change careers and become a Registered Nurse.
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AA Gear & Manufacturing
A local manufacturing company commits resources to building the workforce pipeline and is able to train incumbent employees.
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Meet Martha
Support and encouragement in using technology to further her job search helps Martha find new employment.
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Meet Angel
Angel participates in the Job Pool, where her skills are matched with the needs of an employer who then hires her as a front desk receptionist.
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Meet LyAnn
WIA assistance helps LyAnn complete her certification as a pharmacy technician and begin working in the medical field.
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Meet Oscar
Laid-off worker receives support, job leads, and access to postings that help him find his next employer and get back to work.
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Meet Kurt
Support to access housing, transportation, and work attire while improving his resume and interview skills helps ex-offender find employment.
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Meet Jim
Job matching assessment and an on the job training contract help Jim get back to work after a layoff.
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Meet Cody
A young man earns his GED, gains work experience, and meets his goal of enlisting in the military.
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Meet Tina
Delta County Center meets the needs of a local manufacturing company when it matches a job seeker with an open position.
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Meet Heather
Young woman receives assistance with obtaining her GED and enrolls in college classes.
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Meet Larry
On the Job Training funds help Larry end his long term unemployment and get back to work.
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Meet Candice
Multiple layoffs lead Candice to seek assistance with training into a new occupation as a medical assistant.
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Meet Brian
A mechanic receives assistance with using computer technologies to post his resume and apply for jobs.
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Northern Precision Products
Incumbent Worker Training funds help company employees learn a new computer system to increase productivity and better serve customers.
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Peacock Industries
Incumbent Worker funds help fabricator gain a quality certification that helps retain customers and grow new business.
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Meet Linda
WIA funding helps Linda enter college and find new full-time employment.
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Meet Stephanie
Work Experience placement helps Stephanie increase her office skills and land a job.
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Meet Kathryn
WIA assistance helps Kathryn recover from a layoff, find a temporary job, and enter training to be a medical sonographer.
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Meet Jarrod
Michigan Works! helps Jarrod obtain On the Job Training and secure full time employment.
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Meet Timothy
Support and assistance from Michigan Works! helps Timothy prepare for interviewing and land a new job.
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Meet John
Support from Michigan Works! helps John renew his CENA license and begin working in healthcare again.
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Meet Steven
No Worker Left Behind helps Steven pay for final semesters of tuition towards a degree in Fisheries Management.
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Meet Misty
Homeless mother receives support from Michigan Works! that helps her find two jobs and get back on her feet.
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Meet Jacque
WIA assistance with tuition helps Jacque finish her RN degree and begin working as a nurse.
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Meet Renee
Michigan Works! helps Renee return to college for an associate's degree and helps her husband find full time employment as well.
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Meet Laurie
Laid-off English teacher receives WIA funds to return to college and gain certification as a biology teacher.
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Meet Bobbi
Her son's health issues impact Bobbi's employability, but WIA-paid training as a pet groomer helps her become self-employed.
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Meet Penny
Laid off after many years at a manufacturing plant, a mature worker goes back to college to become an office assistant.
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Meet Amanda
A young woman receives funding and placement assistance and begins working the medical field.
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Meet Brandon
Workforce funding helps Brandon complete his GED, obtain training, and gain work experience so that he now can support his family.
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Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery
A bakery receives funding to train employees to make a new product that will increase sales.
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Meet Evan
Summer work experiences and assistance with obtaining his GED put Evan on the path to employment and a positive future.
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Meet Scott
Reemployment services after a plant closure allow Scott to train for a new career and find a great new job.
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Meet Tim
A dislocated worker makes a successful career change with funding assistance obtained through his local Michigan Works! office.
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