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Networks Northwest CEO Receives Distinguished Service Award
Networks Northwest CEO Elaine Wood is being honored with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend National Leadership Event
Three students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy November 29 – December 1 in Washington D.C.
Local Businesses Receive More Than $1.3 Million for Employee Training
Fifty-four Northwest Michigan area businesses have received grants totaling more than $1.325 million from the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The grants, applied for through Northwest Michigan Works!, will help the companies train new and incumbent workers in a variety of skills.
Adult Career Training (ACT) Available in Cadillac
Northwest Michigan Works! is collaborating with the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center and local employers to offer a new Adult Career Training program. The program offers a direct path to job skills, a high school diploma or GED, and local jobs.
Employers and Workers Benefit From Registered Apprenticeship Program
U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprenticeships are a proven workforce development strategy including on the job training with related technical instruction. Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates Registered Apprenticeships in the region. Watch the video to find out how the program is helping employers and apprentices.
Students Learn About Local Employers at Career Expo
Over 700 high school juniors and seniors and more than 50 local employers participated in the 2017 Kalkaska Career Expo.
JMG Students Learn About Career Opportunities in Manistee
Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Career Readiness program in Manistee went on a Talent Tour at Armor Sign Studio where they learned about local career opportunities.
JMG Students Participate in Career Conference
Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in Northwest Lower Michigan participated in the annual JMG Career Association Conference in Lansing. A total of seven students from the region’s three Intermediate School Districts joined 100 other JMG students from around the state to learn about leadership development and bringing new ideas to the classroom.
JMG Students Learn About Skills Local Employers are Looking For
Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students in the Automotive Technology program at the Traverse Bay Area ISD Career Tech Center learned about local jobs during a Careers in Energy Week presentation at the Tech Center.
Manufacturing Day Helps Over 1200 Students Learn About Careers in Manufacturing
Nearly 50 local businesses, including MR Products in Copemish and TentCraft in Traverse City, hosted tours to help over 1200 students learn about careers in manufacturing on Manufacturing Day 2017.
JMG Career Readiness Program Underway in Manistee
A special Initiation and Installation Ceremony was held to formally kick-off the new Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Career Readiness program in Manistee. The program is being offered in collaboration with the Northwest Michigan Works! Adult Education Learning Lab and provides career preparation, volunteer opportunities, and job training and placement assistance for GED students 17 to 24 years old.
Northwest Michigan Works! Helps Displaced Worker During Difficult Time
Ricc Ricciardi worked for the State of Michigan for 25 years but was laid off just one month after his wife passed away. Northwest Michigan Works! helped connect him to training for a new job and funding to pay for the training.
Networks Northwest CEO Recognized As Champion of Workforce Development
Networks Northwest CEO, Elaine Wood, has received the 2017 Champion of Workforce Development Award from the Michigan Works! Association.
Job Fair Focuses on Jobs in Benzie County
Northwest Michigan Works! partnered with Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) and Benzie Bus to put on a Benzie County Job Fair.
Education & Employment Fair Showcases Healthcare Careers and Training Opportunities
Northwest Michigan Works! partnered with West Shore Community College and Munson Healthcare Physician Offices to host a Healthcare Education & Employment Fair in Manistee.
Work Experience Program Leads to Full-time Jobs for JMG Students
Work experience opportunities led to full-time jobs for two local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students. Ryan LaVanway and Jared Piechan were connected with local employers through JMG, which is offered to students in the Char-Em ISD’s Welding program at East Jordan and Pellston High Schools.
Northwest Michigan Works! Helps Job Seeker and Employer
When Cheri Marshall lost her job Northwest Michigan Works! helped her find a new position and helped Petoskey Plastics find a new employee.
Local JMG Program Receives National Recognition
The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan has received national recognition for the second year in a row.
Adult Education Graduates Recognized at Commencement Ceremony
A special ceremony was held in Traverse City to recognize 30 students who earned diplomas and 34 who earned GEDs as members of the Traverse Bay Area ISD Adult Education Class of 2017.
Career Cruising for Workers 50 and Older
Northwest Michigan Works! in Cadillac hosted a full week of workshops for job seekers 50 and older. The Career Cruising series included a panel of local employers, a skills assessment, and resume assistance.
Career Tech Students Meet Local Employers at Job Fair
Over 650 students and 50 employers participated in the annual Employer Expo & Job Fair at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center in Cadillac.
JMG Students Learn About Starting a Small Business
Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students in the Char-Em ISD’s welding program at East Jordan High School had the chance to learn how to start a small business.
Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Win Awards at Statewide Conference
Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in Northwest Lower Michigan won two events at the statewide JMG Career Development Conference in Lansing.
Educational Development Plans Connect Classrooms to Careers
Educational Development Plans, or EDPs, are used by schools to help students identify their career goals and understand the academic requirements for reaching that goal.
JMG Students Bring Home Scholarships From Welding Competition
Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students from two northern Michigan high schools came home with scholarships after participating in a welding competition April 21 in Onaway.
IT Career Fair Connects Job Seekers With Local Employers
Nearly 20 local employers with current job openings participated in the 6th Annual IT Career Fair in Traverse City.
Northern Michigan Trail Promotion Project Wins Governor’s Award
A project designed to promote trails in northern Michigan has received the Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration. The Up North Trails Collaborative won in the category of Non-Traditional Partnerships for its upnorthtrails.org website and trail promotion efforts connected to the website.
Newton's Road Gutter Car Derby Promotes STEM Education
Students from Northwest Lower Michigan showcased their creativity and 3-D printing skills at the Newton's Road Gutter Car Derby in Traverse City.
Career Tech Students Learn About Work Ethic
Local employers participated in a Work Ethic Panel attended by students at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center.
Veterans Meet Employers at Hiring Event in Traverse City
More than 60 local employers with immediate job openings participated in the third annual Jobs for Vets hiring event in Traverse City. Watch the video to find out more.
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.
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.