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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
 
CSI Apparatus
On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Grayling Michigan Works! coordinated three area Talent Tours for Mio Schools students, at Munson Hospital, CSI Emergency Apparatus, and Air Way Automotive. After the tours, the more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
Justin Tough Graduate
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Justin Tough was behind in credits when WIOA Youth Case Manager AJ Stibitz met him at Presque Isle Academy. He didn’t have transportation to school and work, he faced turmoil in more...
Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Alicia Wallace
 
ER / Trauma Dr talks to students
On May 2, 2018 twelve students from Fairview Schools and two from Grayling High took Talent Tours of the Grayling Police & Fire Departments and Munson Hospital. Both locations went out-of the more...
Posted on Monday, June 4, 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
 
Marty Morse photo
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
 
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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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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
 
The skilled worker shortage in northern Michigan is being addressed through a “Hot Jobs” funded by the MI Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to the Northeast MI Council of Governments (NEMCOG) on more...
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 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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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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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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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
 
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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 3, 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 2, 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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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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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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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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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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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 2, 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 2, 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 9, 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 8, 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 1, 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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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