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Local Talent Development Professional Receives Michigan Works! Shining Star Award

September 15, 2021

Pam Anderson, a Career Advisor at Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee, was awarded a “Shining Star” Award by the Michigan Works! Association for her efforts to meet employment needs in Benzie and Manistee counties. Anderson received the award during the Association’s annual conference which was held online this year.

Anderson is a tremendous asset to the workforce development system both locally and across county lines.

“Pam’s continued efforts as a career advisor are proof of her compassion and dedication to her customers,” said Ryan Hundt, chief executive officer of the Michigan Works! Association. “Her 35 years of commitment, determination, and enthusiasm continue to be steadfast and resolute. She is a trusted mentor and coach among her coworkers.”

Anderson has a reputation for going above and beyond to assist her clients, treating each one with care and respect.

“Pam has devoted her time and effort to assisting individuals as they work to achieve their goals and dreams,” said Matt McCauley, CEO of Northwest Michigan Works!. “Her vast scope of responsibility envelopes a rural area that encompasses an incredible 1,450 square miles, making outreach a significant challenge. Her ability to reach people in this large area is confirmation of her high energy, work ethic, and dedication. Throughout the pandemic, Pam showed no signs of slowing down, frustration, or defeat. She remained an anchor for her customers, peers, and community. Her positive attitude led to innovative solutions that focused on providing world-class employment services. Pam is a true example of a Shining Star above all others!”

Anderson said she is honored to receive this award.

“My long-term employment in workforce development has impacted my life in so many ways, allowing for such gratification and reward in public service,” said Anderson. “Collaborative efforts have been evident among colleagues and community partners to achieve employment and training goals impacting participants, families, business and community. Thank you to Networks Northwest and Northwest Michigan Works! Teams and the Association for your support during my tenure. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve under this employment and training administration.” 

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.

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