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    Local Employers Discuss Attracting and Retaining Talent

    Local employers talked about what they're doing to attract and retain talent during a panel discussion at Northwest Michigan Works! in Traverse City.

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    Michigan’s First Ever Winemaker Apprentices Graduate in Benzie County

    Michigan’s first ever winemaker apprentices were recognized at a special graduation ceremony June 15 at St. Ambrose Cellars in Benzie County.

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    Mission One STEM Career Expo in Traverse City

    More than 100 students learned about STEM education and career opportunities at the first annual Mission One STEM Career Expo held at the Northwestern Michigan College Aero Park Campus in Traverse City.

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    Updated Hot Jobs Report Highlights In-Demand Occupations in Northwest Michigan

    Northwest Michigan’s growing industries and the jobs they offer are highlighted in a newly revised Hot Jobs Report.

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    Adult Education Graduates Recognized at Commencement Ceremony

    A special ceremony was held in Traverse City to recognize 35 students who earned high school diplomas and 46 who completed the GED (HSE) certificate as members of the Traverse Bay Area ISD Adult Education Class of 2018.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives National Recognition

    The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan has received a 5-of-5 Award from the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Board of Directors for the third year in a row.

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    Adult Career Training Students Celebrate Completion and Attend Employer Showcase

    19 students were recognized at a special Completion Ceremony for the first ever Adult Career Training (ACT) program in northern Michigan.

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    JMG Students Meet Employers at Career Fair

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from the TBA Career-Tech Center’s Automotive Technology program and the JMG Career Readiness program in Kalkaska participated in the Career-Tech Center’s Annual Career Fair.

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    Career Tech Students Learn About Local Jobs at Employer Expo

    The Annual Employer Expo & Job Fair at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center gave 650 students a chance to meet 50 local employers and learn about job opportunities.

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    Technology Career Fair Connects Local Employers with Job Seekers

    More than 200 job seekers and 40 local employers participated in the 7th Annual Technology Career Fair in Traverse City.

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    Employment Services Now Available at Next Generation Learning Center in Manistee

    Northwest Michigan Works!, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, is now offering employment services at the Next Generation Learning Center

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    Adult Career Training Students Work Toward Career Goals

    Students in the Adult Career Training (ACT) program in Cadillac are working toward their career goals by learning job skills and spending time at the Adult Education Learning Lab.

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    Comprehensive Review of Child Care Challenges Set to Begin in Northern Michigan

    Networks Northwest is partnering with Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants (PSC) to conduct a comprehensive review of child care challenges and opportunities in Northwest Lower Michigan.

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    Local Employers Talk to Students About Work Ethic

    Students had a chance to find out what local employers expect from employees at a Work Ethic Panel at the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center in Cadillac.

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    Local Students Showcase 3D Designs at Gutter Car Derby

    Creative students and 3D printing came together at a unique car race in Traverse City. The Third Annual Newton’s Road Gutter Car Derby featured 3D printed cars designed by local students.

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    Fresh Baby Selected as Northwest Michigan PTAC Government Contractor of the Year

    Fresh Baby is a Petoskey based nutrition education products company working with public health programs throughout the U.S. Their success with government contracts earned them recognition as the Northwest Michigan PTAC Government Contractor of the Year.

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    Local Business Receives Statewide Recognition for Talent Development

    GD Systems in Traverse City has received a Michigan Works! Association Impact Award for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in the community. Networks Northwest and Northwest Michigan Works! nominated the business for the award after they used a variety of programs offered through Michigan Works! to hire and train employees.

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    State Representative Visits JMG Students in Traverse City

    State Representative Larry Inman visited the TBA Career-Tech Center in Traverse City February 23 to learn about the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program being offered to some of the students there.

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    Michigan Works! Reviews Resumes for Manufacturing Technology Students

    Staff from Northwest Michigan Works! reviewed and critiqued the resumes of students at the TBAISD’s Manufacturing Technology Academy (MTA) in Traverse City.

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    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Meet With Legislators in Lansing

    Students from four Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) programs in northern Michigan participated in the JMG Legislative Day February 13 in Lansing.

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    New Counselors Providing Career Information to Northern Michigan Students

    Two new counselors are teaching students about career and technical education in three northern Michigan Intermediate School Districts.

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    Adult Career Training Provides Education and Job Skills

    Northwest Michigan Works! is partnering with the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center and local employers to offer Adult Career Training (ACT).

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner