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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
 
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Almost daily Shawn Corless would visit the Grayling Michigan Works! office. He was an older job seeker with a wide range of employment history, but was finding it a challenge to more...
Posted on Monday, January 14, 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
 
Chloe B
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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Hannah Box was unemployed for over a year after she had her twins. With no vehicle or means of transportation, the single mother of three struggled to find a local job. more...
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Hannah Box was unemployed for over a year after she had her twins. With no vehicle or means of transportation, the single mother of three struggled to find a local job. more...
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 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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Karry Knaffle came to Michigan Works! completely devastated. She was working as a full-time office manager with benefits. As an older worker who had put in over 5 years with her more...
Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Marty Morse was struggling to find a job. She had no reliable transportation and no valid DL. When she entered into the PATH program, she had little to no help from more...
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Jessica Ramsey on the job
Without a job and out of options, Jessica Ramsey applied for public assistance to help support her family. She had worked at McDonalds most of her life, but wasn’t earning a more...
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
2018 Mackinaw City Job Fair
On Saturday, March 17th, over 140 job seekers delayed their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to first attend the Michigan Works! Straits Area Job Fair in Mackinaw City. With hopes of securing more...
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 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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Sherry S., a single mother of three children, had just relocated to Alpena from Grand Rapids when she was referred to Michigan Works! from DHHS. At Michigan Works!, Career Advisor Michelle more...
Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Chelsea Abrams is a single mom to her infant son, whose dad is in jail. She’s in the process of getting a divorce and currently living with her grandma, who helps more...
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 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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Rudy Geber was new to the Alpena area, having moved from out of state. He came to Michigan Works! seeking job search assistance. Michigan Works! Talent Specialist Barb Timm and Career Advisor more...
Posted on Monday, November 20, 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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Marian Urban came to Michigan Works! as an unemployed, single parent with two children. She was referred by DHHS and began working with Michigan Works! Career Advisor Michelle Burns. With Michelle’s help, more...
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 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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Gary H. was referred to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium by Offender Success Coordinator, Todd Cook. Gary was facing significant challenges finding employment. In addition to his offender background and a 6 more...
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Neil Tomes came to Michigan Works! as a Veteran with slight disability. He could not work lifting heavy objects and was finding it difficult to secure employment that was not overly more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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For 24 years, veteran Brian Robertson has been a truck driver. He even owned his owned trucking company at one time. When Brian left his most recent trucking job due to more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Diann Williams had worked for 9 years in home health care and for 5 years as a cleaning technician, but she really wanted to get into retail. Working with Michigan Works! more...
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Karen Linker was retired, but due to financial reasons she needed to return to the workforce. She came to Michigan Works! for help in her job search. Karen worked with MW! Talent more...
Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
Despite only having his GED, Curtis Marculewicz had a good paying job working as a Service Tech for Archrock Compression (oil/gas industry). He had learned a technical trade and was employed more...
Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
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Dan Howlett had years of experience as a cook and was employed when he first came to Grayling Michigan Works! for career assistance. But Dan was looking for a career change, more...
Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
Ryan Skowronek was referred to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium from DHHS for the AEP/PATH program. He was unemployed, lacked significant work history, and needed assistance with his job search, as well more...
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
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Geraldine Faircloth had been out of the workforce since 2007. She entered into the PATH program and needed to learn techniques to obtain employment in today’s job market. She began attending employment more...
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 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
 
Jerry Hollister with runway clearing equipment.
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