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Local Talent Development Professional Honored by Michigan Works! Association

September 12, 2023

Heidi Keith, a PATH Advisor at Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee, was awarded a “Shining Star” Award by the Michigan Works! Association for going above and beyond to help job seekers in northern Michigan. Keith received the award during the Association’s annual conference held in Detroit September 10-12.

“Hardworking frontline staff like Heidi are why Michigan’s workforce development system is so strong,” said Michigan Works! Association CEO Ryan Hundt. “Her focus and commitment to helping job seekers is improving lives of Michiganders every day and that is why she is a Shining Star.”

Coworkers say Keith is dedicated, compassionate, willing to help out at the front desk, helps with difficult cases and situations with all team members, and willing to adopt new initiatives like TuaPATH. In addition to working with customers in Manistee County, Heidi also works in Benzie County each week.

"Northwest Michigan Works! is proud to have Heidi as part of our team,” said Jessica Willis, Director of Northwest Michigan Works! “She goes above and beyond for her customers and her work makes a difference every day. She is truly a Shining Star!"

"I am very humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Keith. “Helping people has always been a passion and I love to help be a part of each participant's success."

Keith was one of 15 talent development professionals from around the state to receive a Shining Star Award.

Established in 1987, the Michigan Works! Association fosters high-quality employment and training programs serving employers and workers by providing support activities and a forum for information exchange for Michigan's talent development system. For more information, visit, or call (517) 371-1100.

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