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Amelia B. began working with Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium through the P.A.T.H. program. With the help of Michigan Works! and a grant from the Otsego Community Foundation, Amelia was able to more...
Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Since 2008, Christi Cross had been struggling to find stable employment that would allow her to be self-sufficient. She was working two jobs just to pay her bills and knew she more...
Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Nathan R. started working with Michigan Works! Youth Career Advisor Jessie Trumble in June 2019. He was enrolled in the WIOA In-School Youth Program and Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) Program more...
Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Tyler S., a recent high school graduate, came to Michigan Works! in June hoping to get help with some training. He was interested in truck driving, but wouldn’t turn 18 until more...
Posted on Monday, October 19, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Josh was living in Indiana, but wanted to move back to Michigan. As a retired vet, he was looking for someplace in northeast Michigan that hired ex-military. Josh worked with Mary, a more...
Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When Jason N. came to Michigan Works! he wanted to be successful with his new employment as an auto tech. Unfortunately, to start his job, Jason needed to own his own more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Alexis came to Michigan Works! for help with tuition assistance. She was working as a Patient Access Representative, but wanted to get her RN certification. Michigan Works! was able to help Alexis more...
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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William started coming to Michigan Works! right after he was released from prison. He was having a hard time locating employment, but was diligently job searching and applying. When he heard more...
Posted on Monday, August 10, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Janet is single, currently raising her grandson. She went through reconstructive surgery on her foot over a year ago and was on cash assistance for quite a while during recovery. She more...
Posted on Monday, May 11, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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After losing her position in Alpena, Jeanne S. came to the Onaway Michigan Works! office to file for unemployment. Michigan Works! staff helped Jeanne file and also provided her an overview more...
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When Fred B. came to Michigan Works! in Gaylord he was unsure how to proceed after his September layoff. He was worried about the hardship this would cause on his family, more...
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
London M was unable to make enough to pay bills without having numerous jobs, but he was living in an area with few employment options. London came to Michigan Works! to more...
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
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When Shanna came to Michigan Works! she was about to lose her rental home. She was in desperate need of a job and a less expensive place to live. Shanna had more...
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Doug S. had been coming in to Michigan Works! for the past few months looking for work. He came to the office on the same day he lost his previous job, more...
Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Thomas
Thomas, a Veteran, was employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Wisconsin until April 2019. At that time, he move to Alpena and took a job with Northeast Michigan Mental Health, but more...
Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Myranda CRT recipient
Myranda was in her second year of nursing school when she first heard about the Class Room Training (CRT) Program offered through Michigan Works! Prior to her enrollment in the program, more...
Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Jared gets CDL License
When Jared came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, he was stuck in a job with no future. With no chance to grow in his current job, he decided he wanted to more...
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Helena
Helena Y. had been employed as a caregiver for over 30 year, but had to take some time off due to an injury. Once she was healed, she was ready to more...
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Rickey Heavner
Rickey H. wanted to build his future. He wanted to go to college and become a police officer, but he was facing some significant financial challenges. He lacked parental support and more...
Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Lexia
When Lexia joined the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program she was a 16 year old high school dropout. She had never worked and lacked the discipline to be successful in more...
Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Angela Receives Tuition Assistance
Angela D. came to Michigan Works! in Mio seeking help with tuition assistance. She was currently employed as a seasonal worker with the U.S. Forest Service, but wanted to enroll at more...
Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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For the past 10 years, Klaus J. had been working seasonal jobs, but he wanted a career. He decided to enroll into the nursing program at North Central Michigan College, but more...
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Monica V Receives Assistance
Monica came to rural Atlanta, MI from the big city of Seattle, WA. She initially moved to Atlanta with her young son and his father, but she soon found herself being more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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For the past eight years, Dustyn R. has worked at Cheboygan Cement Products as a full-time General Laborer. He really enjoys his job, but without additional training there is no room more...
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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For six years Denise C. had worked full-time as an Activity Director at Tendercare in Rogers City, but she was looking for a position that would offer her career advancement. She more...
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Helana Rhein, a single mother of 3 children, recently moved back in with her parents. She had been working downstate with Service Master as a Cleaner, but she wanted to get more...
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Terri Curtis came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium for funding assistance to help her achieve her career goals. Thanks to WIOA Adult Classroom Training Funding, Michigan Works! was able to help more...
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Zina R. came to Michigan Works! after losing her job. She had 14 years of experience in the same industry, but not a very colorful resume. Michigan Works! Career Navigator, Rachel, more...
Posted on Friday, March 29, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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DJ came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium when he was trying to finish the last portion of his criminal justice degree at the police academy. With a young daughter at home more...
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Michael, a veteran, found himself a single dad to three young children. They were living in Petoskey, but were having a hard time trying to make ends meet. Unable to afford more...
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Will's CDL-A
Will first started working with Michigan Works! through the WIOA Youth Program. He was homeless, living with his girlfriend’s family, and trying to find a way to go back to school more...
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
David M.
David M. came home from a family vacation to find out he no longer had a job. He went to Michigan Works! for help with his resume and his job search. Michigan more...
Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Jeffrey Hinkle Gets CDL
Jeffrey Hinkle previously worked in landscaping and in an automotive garage, but he wanted to improve his life financially. After assessing his likes/dislikes, he realized that he really wanted to see more...
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2019 by Alicia Wallace
 
Drew Building Furniture
Drew B. moved from Muskegon to Grayling in the winter of 2017. Winter in northern Michigan is often a slow period for many businesses, and Grayling was no different. Drew had more...
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Xenia Gets Job
Xenia Hirales had recently moved from Arizona to Michigan to get away from situations that were not healthy for her and her daughter. Her boyfriend’s family provided a place to stay more...
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Rachel S. came into Michigan Works! in August looking to find a new and interesting career path. She had a background in customer service and was looking to get into a career more...
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Chloe B. came to Michigan Works! because she was struggling to shuffle her personal and work life. A sick son and travel to U of M for treatment had resulted in more...
Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Samantha Stinson
Samantha Stinson came to Michigan Works! wanting to better her situation with a full-time job. She had recently moved to the Alpena area and was trying to get her life in more...
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Cheyenne Becomes R.N.
Cheyenne P. was in a foster care placement as a younger youth struggling through life. She came to Michigan Works! as an older youth, but was pregnant and just needed help more...
Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Tarra L.
When single mother Tarra L. first came to Michigan Works! as a PATH participant, she was having a hard time with her job hunt. Due to her daughter’s medical issues, she more...
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
April Taylor
When April Taylor came to the Cheboygan Michigan Works! office, she was looking for a solution. She was a young single mom and juggling three jobs to try to support her more...
Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
David Wenkel Accepts Certification
When 56-yr old David Wenkel came to Michigan Works! he stated he was having a seven year string of bad luck. He had previously worked in the lumber industry for 35 more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Daniel Trowbridge
When Daniel Trowbridge came to Michigan Works! he had really fallen on hard times. A proud veteran, he had recently lost his job as Lead Supervisor, a position he held for more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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
Christopher Olsen, Maintenance Technician at Alpena Grounds Services
Alpena Grounds is contracted through Alpena County to do the maintenance work for Alpena County Regional Airport, including snow removal, building maintenance, lawn care, oil changes, equipment repairs, and more. When more...
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 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
 
Julie Krajnik
After working at Walmart for 14 years, Julie Krajnik found herself unemployed when the store went through a reorganization. She came to Michigan Works! often, searching for a comparable position. At Michigan more...
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 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
 
After 11 years working as a cook for a well-established restaurant organization in Petoskey, MI, Arnold S. was let go from his job. He came to the Onaway Michigan Works! to more...
Posted on Monday, June 4, 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
 
Amanda Bergey
In 2017, NEMC applied for, and was awarded, an Otsego County Community Foundation Grant in the amount of $600. The funds were allocated to supporting "Discretionary Funds for Barriers to Employment" more...
Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
2018 Gaylord Job Fair
Despite continued low MI unemployment rates, 2018 job seeker attendance was up 24% over 2017.   In March/April, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium held four Job Fairs across northeast Michigan, in Mackinaw, Gaylord, more...
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Jerry Hollister with runway clearing equipment.
Alpena Ground Services is an equipment maintenance company out of Pellston that has an Alpena location at the Alpena Regional Airport. They have always been committed to hiring veterans and they more...
Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Alicia Wallace