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    New Culinary Apprenticeship Program Set to Kick Off in Northern Michigan

    A first of its kind apprenticeship program in northern Michigan will give future culinary workers the opportunity to build their skills. The new culinary apprenticeship program is being offered at Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and the Inn at Bay Harbor with assistance from Northwest Michigan Works!

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    JMG Students Build Skills at Leadership Day

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from northern Michigan worked on leadership and team-building skills at the JMG Leadership Day at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha near Central Lake.

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    Workers Enroll in Apprenticeship Program With Help From Northwest Michigan Works

    30 workers in northern Michigan are beginning the path toward careers as fiber optic line workers and Northwest Michigan Works! is helping. The workers enrolled in the Fiber Optic Line Worker apprenticeship program being offered by Wolf Line Construction.

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    Local Talent Development Leader Honored by Michigan Works! Association

    Northwest Michigan Works! PATH Career Advisor, Mary Szwed, has received Michigan’s “Shining Star” Award from the Michigan Works! Association for her efforts to meet employment needs in Benzie and Manistee counties.

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    MiCareerQuest Northwest 2020

    MiCareerQuest Northwest 2020 will expose students in Northwest Michigan to exciting careers and endless possibilities.

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    New Website and Social Media Encourage You to “Explore 131 North”

    A new website and social media campaign will encourage people to “Explore 131 North.” The website is part of an effort by several northern Michigan communities located along the US-131 highway to collaborate on tourism promotions, branding, and economic development in the hopes of bringing more visitors and business opportunities to the corridor.

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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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    Graceland Fruit Makes $4.5 Million Sale With Help From PTAC

    Graceland Fruit in Frankfort is selling $4.5 million worth of dried cherries to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), hosted by Networks Northwest, helped the company make the sale.

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    Going PRO Campaign Promotes Skilled Trade Careers in Michigan

    Going PRO is a statewide education and awareness campaign to help employers fill an estimated 545,000 skilled-labor jobs coming open in Michigan through 2026.

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    Adult Education Graduates Recognized at Commencement Ceremony

    A special ceremony was held in Traverse City to recognize 22 students who earned high school diplomas and 43 who completed the GED (HSE) certificate as members of the Traverse Bay Area ISD Adult Education Class of 2019.

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    20Fathoms Partners with Networks Northwest to Attract Startup Talent

    A new partnership between Networks Northwest and Traverse City-based technology hub and startup incubator, 20Fathoms, will provide the tech hub’s members direct access to the assistance offered by Networks Northwest and the Northwest Michigan Works! Business Services Team.

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    Regional Data Updated, Streamlined in Benchmarks Northwest

    Networks Northwest has updated Benchmarks Northwest, a citizen, business, and policymakers' guide to assess and monitor the metrics of community issues throughout the region.

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    Charlevoix County Partners With Networks Northwest to Purchase Historic Lighthouse Property

    Charlevoix County has partnered with Networks Northwest to purchase the Beaver Island Lighthouse School property from Charlevoix Public Schools.

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    JMG Students Prepare for the Next Steps in Their Career Paths

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from two northern Michigan school districts have decided on the next steps in their career paths after graduating from high school this spring.

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    Networks Northwest Recognizes Registered Apprenticeship Graduates

    The most recent graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs in Northwest Lower Michigan received special recognition at the June meeting of the Networks Northwest Board.

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    New Census Outreach Grant Opportunities Available Through Networks Northwest

    Networks Northwest, in partnership with the Michigan Nonprofit Association, is announcing the "Be Counted Northwest Michigan" program to support a variety of local efforts for a complete and accurate count during the 2020 U.S. Census.

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    Skills Up North Recognizes First Students to Complete the Program

    Northwest Michigan Works! and the Traverse Bay Area ISD held a completion ceremony to recognize the first participants in the Skills Up North program.

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    MiCareerQuest Northwest Exposes 2000 Students to 100 Occupations

    2000 9th graders from 30 Northern Michigan school districts had the opportunity to meet 60 employers representing 100 occupations at MiCareerQuest Northwest in Traverse City.

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    JMG Students Meet With Legislators in Lansing

    Students from three northern Michigan school districts attended the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Spring Leadership Day in Lansing.

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    Talent Fund Grant Helps Business Make Lean Training Improvements

    Northern Michigan Review in Petoskey used Going Pro Talent Fund (formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund) and STTF grants to make lean training improvements at the business.

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    Northwest Michigan Works! Receives Grant to Create New Apprenticeship Opportunities

    Northwest Michigan Works! has received a $120,000 grant to create new Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that will help address the skilled workforce talent gap.

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    Elementary School Students Participate in Career Innovation Day

    Over 200 K-5 students at Traverse Heights Elementary School in Traverse City participated in a Career Innovation Day.

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    Employer Expo Helps Career Tech Students Learn About Local Jobs

    Over 650 students had the opportunity to meet more than 50 local employers and learn about job opportunities at the Annual Employer Expo & Job Fair at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center in Cadillac.

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    Talent Tours Help Students Learn About Local Businesses

    Students from the Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education Welding Program in East Jordan went on Talent Tours at two local businesses.

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    Technology Career Fair Connects Job Seekers With Local Employers

    The 2019 Technology Career Fair in Traverse City attracted over 120 job seekers and more than 30 businesses with positions to fill.

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    Jobs for Vets Connects Veterans with Local Employers

    Veterans and their spouses had the opportunity to meet with nearly 40 local employers and a variety of service providers at the Jobs for Vets Hiring Event in Traverse City.

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    New Apprenticeship Program Underway at PCA in Manistee

    Packaging Corporation of America in Manistee and the Department of Labor have officially signed the standards for PCA’s new Mill Mechanic Apprenticeship Program.

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    Northwest Michigan PTAC Client Recognized as Michigan's Government Contractor of the Year

    Northern Wings, an aerospace and military support system based in Newberry, has been recognized as Michigan's Government Contractor of the Year.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Student Wins Award at Statewide Conference

    A student in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in Northwest Lower Michigan brought home a first-place prize from the statewide JMG Career Development Conference in Lansing.

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    Northwest Michigan Resident Receives Statewide Recognition for Working to Meet Her Education and Career Goals

    A Lake City woman who completed an adult career training program has received a Michigan Works! Impact Award. Katelyn Stuckey, and other Impact Award recipients from around the state, were recognized at a special ceremony February 27 in Lansing.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend Legislative Day in Lansing

    Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the JMG Legislative Day February 28 in Lansing. The event attracted over 125 students from across the state.

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    Business Resource Network in Northwest Michigan

    Northwest Michigan Works!, with support from the Char-Em United Way, has established a Business Resource Network (BRN) in Charlevoix and Emmet counties to help employers retain employees.

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    Jobs for Vets Hiring Fair Seeks Area Employers

    The Jobs for Vets Hiring Fair is looking for businesses that may have jobs to offer area Veterans. The hiring fair is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Northwestern Michigan College Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

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    Special Recognition for Northwest Michigan PTAC Procurement Counselor

    A Northwest Michigan PTAC procurement counselor has received special recognition from the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI).

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    New Location for Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee

    Effective January 28, the Northwest Michigan Works! American Job Center and Learning Lab in Manistee will be located in the Briny Building, 50 Filer St., Suite F.

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    "Unsung Hero" Receives Values in Action Award

    Northwest Michigan Works! Management Information System (MIS) Technician, Aaron Stauffer, has received the Networks Northwest Values in Action Award for the fourth quarter of 2018.

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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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    Local Businesses Receive More Than $1.4 Million for Employee Training

    Fifty-one Northwest Michigan area businesses have received grants totaling more than $1.4 million from Michigan’s Going Pro Talent Fund (formerly the STTF) for the 2019 fiscal year.

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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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    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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