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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.
Village of Kalkaska Recreation Plan Available for Public Review
Public invited to comment on draft Village of Kalkaska Recreation Plan
Village of Elk Rapids Recreation Plan Available for Public Review
Public invited to comment on draft Village of Elk Rapids Recreation Plan
Kalkaska County Recreation Plan Available for Public Review
Public invited to comment on draft Kalkaska County Recreation Plan
New Guidebook Addresses Community Health, Safety, and Welfare in Northwest Michigan
Making Connections: Understanding Community Health, Safety, and Welfare in Northwest Michigan is a new guidebook developed by Networks Northwest in collaboration with and input from human and social services, local government, and public health agencies.
Communities Receive Awards at the 2017 Northwest Michigan Housing Summit
Three Michigan communities were recognized with Partnership Awards at the 2017 Northwest Michigan Housing Summit.
Planning & Zoning for Solar in Michigan Nov. 8 - TC
An opportunity for local government officials to learn about steps and considerations for planning and zoning for solar energy development.
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.
Disruptive Technologies Summit in Traverse City
The Summit is being held to stimulate and foster business, economic development, and educational pursuit of forward-thinking initiatives based on technology changes that are on the horizon, which will greatly impact all businesses and education.
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.
Teen Science Café Exposes Students to STEM Career Fields
A new program in northern Michigan will help students gain leadership skills and exposure to STEM skills and careers. The Teen Science Café is open to all students in 8th-12th grade in the 10 county northwest lower Michigan region.
Construction Trades Apprenticeship Program Available in Northern Michigan
A new apprenticeship program in northwest Michigan is designed to help fill the talent gap in the construction industry. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Construction Trades Apprenticeship Program is open to employers and job seekers in the 10 counties of northwest lower Michigan.
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.
Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Tour Industrial Arts Institute
Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) students in the Char-Em ISD’s Welding Program at East Jordan had the opportunity go on Talent Tours at Moran Iron Works and the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway.
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.
Career Advisory Group Visits NMC's Unmanned Systems Program
The Talent District Career Council (TDCC) of the Networks Northwest Board toured the Unmanned Systems Program at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.
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.
Northwest Michigan Works Helps Job Seeker Find the "Perfect Job"
Kayla Francis was a 19-year old single mother and college student when she enrolled in the PATH program at Northwest Michigan Works!
Northwest Michigan Works! Helps Single Mom Find Full Time Job
With the help from Michigan Works! Rena Weinert was able to find a full-time job with Spectrum Community Services caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Job Seeker Starts Nursing Career With Help From Michigan Works
Malachi Hildebrand became familiar with Northwest Michigan Works! services by participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program. Hildebrand plans to pursue a career in nursing, and in November of 2015 he came to Michigan Works! in Manistee to enroll in a CNA training program at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility.
Networks Northwest Director of Strategic Initiatives Elected to National Board
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has elected Matt McCauley to serve on its board of directors. McCauley is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Networks Northwest. He was elected at NADO’s annual business meeting October 27 in New Orleans.
Northwest Michigan Works! Helps Medical Facility Meet Staffing Needs
Northwest Michigan Works! helped the Manistee County Medical Care Facility fill certified nurse aide (CNA) positions by recruiting candidates for a customized CNA training at the facility. Along with recruitment, the staff at Michigan Works! also handled the application process, interviews and orientation for the training, which was offered at no cost to those selected to participate.
Michigan Works Helps Job Seeker Move From Seasonal to Permanent Employment
Anna Doss spent years working seasonal jobs in the food service industry but kept getting laid off and was looking for year-round employment when she came to Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee.
Support The Beaver Island Lighthouse School
The Beaver Island Lighthouse School has helped young adults chart a course for over 40 years. We find ourselves in a position of asking for help through donations so we can continue to provide this life changing experience.
Career Café Open House at New Michigan Works Location in Petoskey
A ribbon cutting and Open House marked the grand opening of the Career Café at the new Michigan Works! location in Petoskey December 2. Job seekers, employers, and community partners who attended the grand opening had the opportunity to learn about services available, meet the staff, and enjoy refreshments.
High Schoolers Explore Career Options in Emmet County
Nearly 800 Emmet County high school students had the opportunity to learn about local jobs at a Career Expo in Petoskey. Representatives from 40 businesses and organizations participated in the event which was organized by Northwest Michigan Works!, North Central Michigan College, Char-Em ISD, and Career Jump Start.
Beaver Island Lighthouse School Students Attend Leadership Day in Lansing
Two students from the Beaver Island Lighthouse School (BILS) attended the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates State Leadership Day in Lansing. The event gave BILS seniors Alexis Gomez and Dominic Rose the opportunity to meet and network with other Jobs for Michigan's Graduates participants from around the state.
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.