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As a single mom, Bethany Matthews struggled financially just to get by, and the thought of going to college to become a Nurse seemed impossible. She began to research her options, more...
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
Asia R. - WIOA Youth Program
When Asia R. entered the WIOA Out-of-School Youth Program, she was an unemployed, high-school dropout. She was pretty much homeless (living in a camper in the middle of winter) and her more...
Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Jay Mertes
After Jay Mertes found himself laid off from his position as a 911 dispatcher, he became self-employed in home health care. He tried this career path for awhile, but he couldn’t more...
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Jaimie Achtabowski, RN
Jaimie Achtabowski, a Community Health Worker at Thunder Bay Community Health Services, stopped by the Onaway Michigan Works! office to see what services they could offer her patients. As she was more...
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Corey Blankenship
Because of some medical concerns, Corey Blankenship had recently decided to move back home to Gaylord, MI from Oregon to be closer to family. He moved back in with his parents more...
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Keith Sterly poses with Sheriff Car
Keith Sterly was working a part-time Marine Patrol job as well as other part-time jobs to make ends meet. He wanted to start in the Police Academy, but wasn’t sure how more...
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Don Hartley
Don Hartley was a retired truck driver, but after being retired for several years, he decided he would like to return to work. His CDL had expired and he was in more...
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Gage O’Toole was a high school dropout trying to survive on seasonal jobs. With his lack of a diploma he found it hard to get a good paying, full-time position. He more...
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Jerrica Connele was struggling to pay for her classes in the Surgical Technologist program at Kirtland Community College. Though she worked multiple jobs, she still didn’t have enough for her tuition more...
Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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After Sy Eurich graduated from Mio AuSable High School in 2016, he came to Michigan Works! to learn about Class Room Training assistance.  Michigan Works! was able to provide financial support to more...
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When the Gaylord MC Sporting Goods filed for bankruptcy and closed, Lynn Johnston, manager at the store for the past 11 years, found herself laid off. She had started her career more...
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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John Dan McWilliams (Dan), came to Michigan Works! looking to advance his career. He was working in Facility Maintenance at Kirtland M-TEC, but needed an Associate’s in HVAC if he wanted more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Marvin Wrubel was employed as a machinist, but couldn’t advance in his career because he did not have the required certifications. He began CNC Programming courses at Kirtland Community College, which more...
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Joseph Styma heard about the Michigan Works! tuition assistance program and hoped that it could help him. He was unemployed and lacked the credentials/training to obtain self-sustaining employment on his own, more...
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
Macie Worth 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 more...
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
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Out of school youth, Alec Lanning came to Michigan Works! facing some barriers to employment; he was unemployed and a high school dropout. Alec began working with Jessie Trumble in April of more...
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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After her husband retired from the military due to disability, Dawn Copenhaver and family relocated to the Gaylord area. To help support her family, Dawn came to Michigan Works! for assistance more...
Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When Faith Million entered into the Onaway JMG Program (Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates), she was in an online high school program. She was progressing, but slowly. She was also facing a more...
Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When Josh Workman came to Michigan Works! for tuition assistance, was in his last semester at Kirtland Community College with hopes to become an RN. He was working as a lab more...
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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After 17 years with the same company, Carl Kohut found himself unemployed due to a non-work related injury requiring shoulder surgery and a seven month recovery. He suddenly found himself without more...
Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Alicia Wallace