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Local Businesses Receive Statewide Recognition for Talent Development
MR Products in Copemish and Sleeping Bear Apiaries in Beulah have received Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards for their leadership in providing local employment and training opportunities.
Jobs for Michigan's Graduates Kicks Off in Char-Em ISD
A special Initiation and Installation Ceremony was held to formally kick off the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program for students in the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education Welding Program at East Jordan and Pellston.
Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend Legislative Day in Lansing
Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program at two northern Michigan Career-Tech Centers participated in the JMG Legislative Day February 14 in Lansing.
Northwest Michigan Works Helps Business Meet Staffing Needs
eFulfillment Service in Traverse City says one of the challenges they continually face is finding qualified staff. Northwest Michigan Works! has been able to help eFulfillment Service meet that challenge.
Students Learn About Local Jobs in Cadillac
More than 200 Cadillac High School Freshmen toured Piranha Hose and Rexair to learn about local job opportunities, especially the skilled trades.
Networks Northwest Board Announces Leadership Transition
Throughout 2017, Networks Northwest will transition to new executive leadership. Current CEO, Elaine Wood announced that she will retire at the end of 2017 after 42 years of service to the organization.
Housing Summit Focuses on Addressing Region's Housing Needs
The Northwest Michigan Housing Summit in Traverse City focused on the state of the region’s housing and actions to meet housing needs.
Students Learn About Local Career Options at Emmet County Expo
The Emmet County Career Expo gave more than 500 local high school students the opportunity to meet with over 50 local employers and education and training providers.
Statewide Recognition for Networks Northwest Board
The Networks Northwest Workforce Development Board received the Michigan Works! Association Board of Excellence Award October 4 in Mt. Pleasant at the Michigan Works! Association Annual Conference.
OpportUnity Campaign Underway to Promote In-Demand Occupations
A new campaign is underway to promote in-demand occupations in Northwest Michigan. Northwest Michigan Works! is coordinating the OpportUnity Campaign to help attract workers to jobs that local employers are having a tough time filling.
Regional Summit Looks at the Future of Trails in the US-131 Corridor
The US-131 Regional Trails Summit in Kalkaska brought together government leaders, businesses, area residents, and trails user groups to look at managing, creating and marketing the region's trail system.
Northwest Michigan Works! Helps Displaced Workers in Benzie County
When the Antolin Interiors plant in Benzonia announced it would be closing it meant that 140 employees would have to find new jobs. The company decided to hold a job fair at the plant and turned to Northwest Michigan Works! for help setting up the event.
Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives National Recognition
The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan has received national recognition. The program, coordinated in the region by Northwest Michigan Works!, received a 5-of-5 Award from the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Board of Directors.
New Director of Operations at Northwest Michigan Works
Northwest Michigan Works! has a new Director of Operations. Terry Vandercook is taking on the leadership position at the organization which operates centers in Cadillac, Kalkaska, Manistee, Petoskey, and Traverse City.
WIOA Plan Available for Review and Comment
The Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA) Plan for Northwest Michigan is available for review and comment. The plan outlines both the regional strategies and the local area operations related to WIOA.
Northwest Michigan Works Receives Funding to Help Pugsley Correctional Facility Workers
Northwest Michigan Works! has received a $420,000 state grant to provide assistance to workers who will lose their jobs when the Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley closes later this year.
Economic Development Organizations Work Together to Help Local Businesses
Businesses in northwest Michigan are being helped by a new partnership between state and local economic development organizations. The organizations are working together to conduct “Joint Retention Visits” designed to ensure that the needs of local companies are understood and addressed effectively.
Machining Training Helps Job Seeker and Employer
A Machining Training Program organized by Northwest Michigan Works! helped David Storm move into a new career and helped Grand Traverse Machine get a good employee.
SBDC Hosts How to Buy or Sell a Business Workshop
The challenges and opportunities presented when buying or selling a business were covered at a How to Buy or Sell a Business workshop hosted by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center in Traverse City.
Employer Expo Exposes Students to Careers in Cadillac Area
The annual Employer Expo and Job Fair at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center in Cadillac gave 600 students the opportunity to meet with 40 local employers.
Parsons Farm Selected as SBDC Small Business of the Year
Parsons Farm near Charlevoix has been owned by the same family since 1898 and is in the process of transitioning from the 4th to the 5th generation of the family. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is helping with that transition and an expansion of the business. The work they're doing has earned Parsons Farm recognition as the SBDC Regional Best Small Business of the Year.
Graduating Seniors Say Lighthouse School Changed Their Lives
Members of the Beaver Island Lighthouse School Class of Spring 2016 sat down prior to graduation to share their thoughts about what makes the school special and how it changed their lives.
Michigan Works Recognizes Northern Michigan Businesses and Employees
Three northern Michigan businesses and two employees have received Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards. The awards recognize significant economic accomplishments within our communities and showcase the impact of newly created jobs, transformational training, and effective talent pipeline development.
Students Attend Career Conference, Youth Advisor Receives Award
Students from the Beaver Island Lighthouse School and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center participated in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Career Conference April 28 in Lansing. At the event Northwest Michigan Works! Youth Advisor Dana Venhuizen received the JMG Specialist of the Year Award.
SBDC Helps 1st Chance Garage Start Smoothly
When Dennis Kenny Jr. and his wife Kristen decided to open 1st Chance Garage between Cadillac and Lake City they turned to the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for help with their business plan. Watch the video to find out more.
Businesses and Job Seekers Connect at IT Career Fair
A variety of local businesses with current job openings had the opportunity to meet with job seekers at the 5th Annual IT Career Fair in Traverse City. The event was put on by Northwest Michigan Works! and Northwestern Michigan College.
New Career Expo for Manistee County Students
High school students explored local career options at a new Manistee County Career Expo.
Students Explore Local Career Options in Antrim and Kalkaska Counties
Northwest Michigan Works! and the College Access Network organized a Career Expo for high school students in Antrim and Kalkaska counties.
Meijer Recognized as Michigan Works Employer of the Year
Meijer received the Challenge of Excellence Employer of the Year Award October 6 at the Michigan Works Association Annual Conference in Mount Pleasant. The retailer worked with Northwest Michigan Works! to meet its staffing needs in Acme, Cadillac and Manistee.
Northwest Michigan Works! Business Liaison Receives Statewide Recognition
Northwest Michigan Works! Business Liaison Michelle Socha received the Challenge of Excellence Impact Award October 5 at the Michigan Works! Association Annual Conference in Mount Pleasant. Socha was recognized for her dedication and outstanding contributions to workforce development. The award was presented by Governor Rick Snyder.
Oldenburg Group Selected As Michigan Government Contractor of the Year
The Oldenburg Group has facilities in Iron River, Kingsford, and Ontonagon and does a lot of business with the U.S. Navy. Oldenburg has been assisted in its government contracting efforts by the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). For their dedication and superb history in government contracting, the company has been named the Michigan Government Contractor of the Year. Watch the video to find out more.