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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
 
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John LaFave is legally blind and has scoliosis. Due to his disabilities, John has faced many challenges to employment. Over the years, he has held a variety of jobs. He was more...
Posted on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Erica Rhome was employed as a counselor, but when a personal crisis caused her to miss work, she ended up losing her job. She considered relocating north to rely on support more...
Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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April showers bring…job seekers? The spring rain didn’t seem to slow down the steady stream of job seekers from attending the Michigan Works! job fair in Alpena on Thursday, April 20. more...
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Tammy Alborante is a single mother of 6. When she was referred to Michigan Works! from DHHS she was struggling to make ends meet while working part-time at Service Master. She more...
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Spring was in the air on Wednesday when 118 eager job seekers attended the Michigan Works! job fair in Grayling. Thirty employers filled the Ramada Inn conference room hoping to fill more...
Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Thursday’s snowy conditions didn’t stop eager job seekers from attending the Michigan Works! Gaylord Job Fair. Over 140 job seekers showed up with hopes of landing a job with one of more...
Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Crystol Samuels moved back to Michigan from Florida with her two kids to help take care of her grandparents. She had no job or income when she was referred to Michigan more...
Posted on Friday, March 31, 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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Lucille Dunham had a lifelong dream to be a nurse. In fact, she achieved her CNA before she was 18. But when Lucille had kids she decided to put her career more...
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Andrea Gibelyou was unemployed and needing assistance with her job search. She was referred to Michigan Works! from the Department of Health and Human Services and enrolled in the AEP/PATH program. Andrea more...
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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With the statewide closings of MC Sports, Michigan Works! of Alpena expected to help dislocated staff find new jobs throughout the transition. The first candidate was Nichole Keyes, a 2-year veteran more...
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
Michigan Works Hosts Mackinaw City Job Fair
On Saturday, March 11th, over 150 job seekers sought respite from the bitter cold to attend the Michigan Works! Northern Michigan Job Fair in Mackinaw City with hopes of securing spring more...
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Howard Hess had worked as a bartender, a combat sports consultant, and a property manager. After moving from job to job in several states, and quitting his last four jobs, Howard more...
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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After relocating to Atlanta, MI a few months ago, two-parent family Jessica Dell and Thomas Rushlow quickly learned that job searching in a rural area with no transportation was extremely difficult. more...
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 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 02, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When Derwich Industries, Inc. in Gaylord closed in 2014, Erich Christman found himself unemployed. Through Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, Erich heard about the Trade Adjustment Assistance (Petition # 85864), so he more...
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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In 2014, after seven years working for a Boyne City manufacturing plant, Tim Holliday’s job was eliminate by the company. Shortly after his layoff, he began searching for a new job more...
Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
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In 2016, Susan Dunn relocated to Grayling, MI from Texas. Once here, she had no means of transportation, and was staying with a friend while looking for a job and housing. more...
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Alicia Wallace
 
When Cindy R. was laid off from Lake Superior State University (LSSU), she came to Michigan Works! in Alpena for assistance in finding a new job. Cindy was in the Alpena office more...
Posted on Monday, December 12, 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 01, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Tasha Bena, a single mom with three kids, was referred to Michigan Works! via the PATH program. She started working at Applebees the same week she attended PATH orientation. Tasha ended up more...
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Brent Stoddard, a Navy Veteran, visited the Onaway Michigan Works! office in November 2014. He had been working at Shaun Hope Enterprises for the past four years as a Lawn and more...
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
Michigan Works Helps Vickie Land Three Jobs
Due to back problems, Vickie Searcy lost her job and found herself (and her four year old) temporarily homeless. Vickie set out immediately to find work. She was referred to PATH more...
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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In 2015, Victoria Steichen relocated to northern Michigan from Indianapolis, IN. She came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium on numerous occasions to work with our Talent Specialists to build her resume, more...
Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Adam Loar had been working at Aerobic Cruiser Hybrid Cycles as a Mechanic Manager/Sales Representative when the shop closed and relocated out of state. Although he was able to find a more...
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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For over 7 years, Dennis Bruning worked as a general laborer/maintenance personnel for Interlake Steamship Company, making over $20.00 per hour. But when Dennis left his job to return home to more...
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When Carrie Roiter first came to Michigan Works! as a PATH client, she was unemployed and had poor self-confidence. In addition, she had barriers to employment such as no drivers’ license more...
Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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With over 30 years’ experience as a Home Health Aide, Carol Johnson was struggling to make ends meet when she suddenly found herself unemployed for the first time in over 20 more...
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Noah Lafferty was attending Alpena Community College for the Concrete Technology Program, but he soon found the daily 80 mile commute was getting too expensive. Although he did work in Alpena, more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Sixty year old Mary Everson had just been laid off from her job of 14 years when she came to Michigan Works! for help. She was feeling pretty low over her more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Sara Wyman had been in and out of the PATH program since 2008, but things were different this time when she came to the Alpena Michigan Works! office for her AEP/PATH more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
GRAYLING: Employers were very pleased with the turnout, many reporting the quality of job seekers was great. Job seekers also were very pleased with the event, some even got jobs on the spot!
GRAYLING: Employers were very pleased with the turnout, many reporting the quality of job seekers was great. Job seekers also were very pleased with the event, some even got jobs on the spot!
In April, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium hosted 4 Career Fairs across northeast Michigan, in Cheboygan, Grayling, Alpena and Gaylord. Despite Michigan unemployment levels being at a 40 year low, both job more...
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Jonathon Maxson came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium for tuition assistance in March 2015. Jonathon couldn’t get grants due to his parents income, but he was living on his own; working more...
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Valerie Hookie came to Michigan Works! with a very common barrier to employment: she was scared of technology. While she needed to find a job, her lack of computer knowledge was more...
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Louis Sylvester came to Michigan Works! because he was finding it difficult to secure employment. Fortunately for Louis, MW! Business Services Professional Bernadette Schuelke, was working with a company who would more...
Posted on Monday, March 07, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Christine Brocco (Chris), a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was deployed to Kabul Afghanistan when she met her husband, who was about to retire from the United States Air Force. more...
Posted on Monday, March 07, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Due to a lack of local opportunities in her field, Christi Cross had her bags packed. Her house was for sale and she was all set to move downstate. Christi had more...
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2016 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Northeast Consortium Michigan Works! Case Manager Kay Golnick originally began working with PATH clients Stella Brown and Roy Whittaker back in 2013, but their case was closed for non-compliance. At that more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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For 18 years Debbie Bandish loyally worked for the Onaway Outlook in the Advertising Sales department, but when the Outlook and the Advance merged to become the Presque Isle County Advance more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
Michael Stauffer and his family moved to Alpena when his wife took a teaching position. Being new to the area, Michael was unfamiliar with the local job scene and where to more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
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A little assistance to get you off of assistance. Unemployed and lacking self-confidence, Sara Cramton was having a hard time finding employment. She was referred to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium’s AEP program more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Bonnie Johnson had a passion for helping others and she aspired to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but without the proper CNA license, her searches for employment had been unsuccessful. more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Dianne Burcham started coming to Michigan Works! in Gaylord twice a week since April searching for full-time employment. An older worker, Dianne struggled with online applications, so she worked with Talent more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Kaylee Jones was still in high school when she had twins. After she graduated, she went on state assistance. When Kaylee came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, Case Manager Jenna Willobee helped more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Losing your job unexpectedly is a very negative experience, but as Jessica Pierce attests, “Michigan Works! gave me a better outlook.” Jessica, a single parent who lost her job with a local, more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Todd Herbin was referred to Michigan Works! from the Department of Human Services. He was working part time at the Salvation Army, but wasn’t receiving enough hours to be self-sufficient. Todd attended more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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In December 2014, Destiny Golder was referred to Michigan Works! from DHS to participate in PATH program. She was unemployed, lacked childcare, transportation funds, and appropriate job search and work clothing. more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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When Heather Allsopp relocated from Flint to Alpena, MI, she found herself unemployed and lacking the necessary experience and job search skills. She wasn’t familiar with the area, had lapsed on more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Joshua VanHuysen worked in Traverse City and commuted from Onaway. The 1.5 hour commute was putting a serious strain on Joshua; he needed to find something closer to home. When he more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Finding skilled trade employees is getting harder in Michigan, but demand is increasing. Instead of sitting around, Link Industries of Indian River has taken it upon themselves to work with Michigan more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Pictured left to right: Bernadette Schuelke, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium Business Services Professional; Greg Sundin, Alpena City Manager; Bradey Smith, American Process Inc., Alpena Biorefinery; Don MacMaster, Alpena Community College Dean more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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As a part-time car detailer making $8.15 an hour, Anthony Splan was finding it very difficult to provide for his family. He knew he needed to find a better opportunity, so more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Lynne Smith began coming to the Resource Room at Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium in Crawford County in October 2013 to search for jobs. The job board and Pure Michigan Talent Connect more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Laura Cramer came to Michigan Works! in March of 2014 seeking job search assistance. Her last job had been over 4 years earlier, which was a minimum wage position at the more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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Hancock Haven Retirement Village is a state licensed adult foster care home specializing in Alzheimer’s. They house up to 12 residents and are currently full. Finding employees that have the skill, more...
Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 
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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
 
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Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium recently held four separate career fairs for the counties of Cheboygan and Presque Isle, Alpena and Alcona, Otsego and Montmorency, and Crawford and Oscoda. Over 150 employers more...
Posted on Friday, May 01, 2015 by Alicia Wallace
 

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