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Employment Services – A self-service labor exchange utilizing the Pure Michigan Talent Connect is available to facilitate the match between job seekers and employers.  Job Seeker Employment Services may include such things as re-employment services, resume development assistance, job search skills, employment application completion assistance, interest assessment, labor market information, education and training information, and the Unemployment Compensation work test.  Employer Services may include assistance in development of job postings for Pure Michigan Talent Connect, finding qualified workers to fill job openings, information and referral to business start-up, retention and expansion services, information on training opportunities, and information on the Fidelity Bonding Program.


Partnership, Accountability, Training and Hope (PATH) – PATH is designed to establish and maintain a connection to the labor market for individuals referred from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), while offering educational and training opportunities and Job Search and Job Readiness activities to increase the individual’s income; therefore, reducing or eliminating a family’s need for public assistance.

PATH is a robust, results-oriented work participation program designed to identify barriers and help families seeking cash assistance through the Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP) connect to the resources they will need to obtain employment.

The program features a 21-day Applicant Eligibility Period (AEP).  The State of Michigan has determined a 21-day time frame will allow for staff to assess, evaluate, and more effectively prepare FIP applicants to attain employment, meet federal work participation requirements, and work toward self-sufficiency through PATH.

The 21-Day AEP consists of three weeks’ worth of assignments individualized for each applicant’s needs. Week one begins the day the applicant attends PATH orientation at Michigan Works!. Assignments during weeks one and two are for barrier identification and resolution activities, work readiness instruction, and allowable activities appropriate to the applicant’s circumstances. Week three assignments are allowable activities, plus any further barrier resolution activities and work readiness instruction which applicants may still need. FIP applicants need to complete all weekly assignments in order to fulfill the requirements of the AEP and move on the PATH program.

The PATH program prepares clients for both the pursuit of a job and the skills necessary to keep a job. Resume writing and job search skills are included in this curriculum, as well as instruction on acceptable workplace behavior and employer expectations. While the federal government requires 50 percent work participation, Michigan's aim is much higher.  FIP applicants who are more effectively prepared to attain employment and achieve self-sufficiency through Michigan’s demand-driven workforce development system are better able to fulfill employers’ needs for skilled workers.


Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAE&T) - The FAE&T Program is designed for Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Food Assistance Program (FAP) recipients that are Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) The FAET program provides participants opportunities to gain skills, training, or experience to improve their ability to obtain regular employment and increase self-sufficiency. To be eligible, the ABAWD must be 18 through 49 years old (beginning the first calendar month after the 18th birthday through the last calendar month before the 50th birthday).  Also, the ABAWD must not have a minor (under the age of 18) on their FAP case. Participants engage in approved activities for 20 hours or more per week, averaged monthly, to maintain ongoing benefits.  Activities may include, job search, workfare, which a participant receive compensation in the form of their monthly FAP allotment in lieu of wages, and educational and training opportunities. 


Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (PRI) – The Prisoner ReEntry Initiative is a public safety strategy based on 20 years of research on what works to help prisoners succeed when they return home and to reduce recidivism. It strives to provide seamless services to prisoners from their first day of their sentence until they are released from prison and complete parole. It engages community groups as vital partners, lays out clear expectations for parolees, and holds them accountable for their behavior through enhanced supervision. Individuals are referred by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) for services.


Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) – Trade Adjustment Assistance helps affected workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States. To obtain TAA services and benefits, a petition must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor's Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance requesting certification. If certified, each worker in the group may apply separately for individual services and benefits through their local MI Works agency. The goal of TAA is to help eligible workers re-enter the workforce as quickly as possible. Certified workers who are eligible may receive a full range of services which may include: re-employment services, employment counseling, resume writing and interview skills workshops, career assessment, job development, job search and referrals, job search and relocation allowances, training funds, access to income support, eligibility for Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) and the option of Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance.


Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) – career and training services designed to meet the needs of eligible adult and dislocated workers in preparation of obtaining employment in local in-demand industries and occupations.  Career services may include, eligibility determination for program assistance, outreach, intake and orientation to the one-stop delivery system, initial assessment of skill levels, labor exchange services, appropriate recruitment and other business services on behalf of employers, referrals to and coordination of activities with other agencies, programs and services, and labor market information. Training services may include, occupational skills training, on-the-job training; incumbent worker training, programs  that combine workplace training with related instruction, which may include cooperative education programs, training programs operated by the private sector; skill upgrading and retraining; entrepreneurial training; adult education and literacy activities; including activities of English language acquisition and customized training conducted with a commitment by an employer or group of employers.


WIOA - Youth – WIOA youth programs are designed to assist eligible in-school youth ages 14-21 and out-of-school youth ages 16-24 in early intervention preparing them for the world of work and/or education. Comprehensive services may include career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in local in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.