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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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    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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    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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    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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Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner