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    New Report Looks at Child Care Challenges and Opportunities in Northern Michigan

    A new report details the current state of child care in Northwest Lower Michigan, including needs and challenges for families and child care providers.

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    Housing Partnership Organization Launched

    A new organization is being established to help address the workforce housing shortage in Northwest Lower Michigan. The Northwest Michigan Rural Housing Partnership (NMRHP) is being founded by a diverse group of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders in Northwest Michigan.

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    Study Shows Northwest Michigan Companies Lag in Defense Contracting

    Networks Northwest has completed an analysis of the state of Department of Defense (DoD) contracting in Northwest Lower Michigan that shows most counties in the region are underperforming with regards to DoD work compared to similar areas in the country.

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    Growing Northwest Michigan's Share of Defense Contracts Workshop January 24 in Traverse City

    Meet face-to-face with DoD procurement personnel and learn how the DoD buys products and services.

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    Defense Industry Growth Program Available in Northwest Michigan

    The Defense Industry Growth Program provides financial assistance to small businesses in Northwest Lower Michigan wishing to pursue Department of Defense contracts.

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    CHAR-EM United Way Supports Northwest Michigan Works! Business Resource Network

    Char-Em United Way has partnered with Northwest Michigan Works! in support of the Charlevoix and Emmet Counties Business Resource Network.

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    Northwest Michigan PTAC Director Receives Defense Industry Award

    The Director of the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has been recognized for her work with the defense industry. Cathy Fairbanks received the 2018 Women in Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter Horizon Industry Award.

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    Networks Northwest's Longest Serving Employee Receives Standing Ovation Award

    Networks Northwest Benefits and Accounting Coordinator, Mary Clark, has received the Networks Northwest Standing Ovation Award for 2018.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend National Leadership Event

    Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.

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    JMG Students Participate in Leadership Day

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students and staff from the Northern Lower Peninsula and the U.P. participated in a JMG Leadership Day at YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha near Central Lake.

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    High School Seniors Learn About Local Career Opportunities

    More than 200 high school seniors from Buckley, Kingsley, Manton, and Mesick attended a Career Day at Kingsley High School.

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    Manager of Apprenticeships and BRNs Receives Values in Action Award

    Northwest Michigan Works! Manager of Apprenticeships & Business Resource Networks, Evelyn Szpliet, has received the Networks Northwest Values in Action Award for the third quarter of 2018.

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    Grants Focus on Implementing Community Goals in Northwest Michigan

    Networks Northwest has announced this year’s recipients of Community Growth Grants in northwest Michigan. These awards, provided with support from Michigan’s Regional Prosperity Initiative, offered grants up to $25,000 on a competitive basis to city, village, township, and county governments.

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    New Business Resource Network Available for Local Employers

    A new resource network will help local businesses retain employees. Northwest Michigan Works! has launched the Emmet-Charlevoix Business Resource Network TeamWork NorthWest!.

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    Skilled Trades Career Fair for Students at Brethren

    More than 400 Students from Kaleva Norman Dickson and Bear Lake Schools learned about local opportunities for skilled trades careers at a hands-on Career Fair in Brethren.

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    Students Graduate From Skilled Trades Program in Benzie County

    A special graduation ceremony was held in Benzonia to recognize the seven students who completed the first-ever Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training (S.T.A.R.T.) in Benzie County.

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    MiCareerQuest 2019

    MiCareerQuest 2018 will expose students in Northwest Michigan to exciting careers and endless possibilities.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives State and National Recognition

    Staff members with the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan have received state and national recognition for their work with the program.

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    PATH Career Advisor Receives Values in Action Award

    Northwest Michigan Works! PATH Career Advisor, Mary Szwed, has received the Networks Northwest Values in Action Award for the second quarter of 2018.

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    Local Employer Joins Offender Success and Michigan Works on Vocational Program Tour

    Local Offender Success and Northwest Michigan Works! staff, along with local employer, Kalkaska Screw Products, visited the Michigan Department of Corrections Vocational Village in Ionia, to learn more about the program as a potential source of trained employees.

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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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    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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Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager