Two Manistee County Women Receive Michigan Works! Awards
Two Manistee County women received special recognition from Northwest Michigan Works!. April Birch from Copemish is the PATH Program Customer of the Year. Roberta Allen from Kaleva is the Dislocated Worker Program Customer of the Year.
Birch came to Michigan Works! through a referral from the Michigan Department of Human Services in the Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope (PATH) Program. Michigan Works! helped Birch enroll at Baker College where she earned her Associate’s Degree in graphic design. Michigan Works! also provided Birch with assistance with transportation, résumé writing, and interviewing, and helped her land a job at Victoria’s Floral Design in Benzonia and Frankfort.
Allen came to Michigan Works! after the manufacturing plant where she worked for 13 years closed.
She earned National Career Readiness and Study Skills certificates through Michigan Works! and went on to earn her Associate’s Degree in office information systems. Michigan Works! referred Allen to a part time position at the Manistee County MSU Extension office and she soon obtained a second job at the same position in Benzie County.
Both women received their awards at the June 10 meeting of the Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board in Traverse City. The Board also presented other awards to several northwest Michigan workers and businesses who have participated in Michigan Works! programs.
In the photos (above): Photo (left): Mary Szwed, Career Advisor, Northwest Michigan Works!; April Birch; and Dave Adams, Chairman, Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board. Photo (right): Pam Anderson, Career Advisor, Northwest Michigan Works!; Roberta Allen; and Dave Adams, Chairman, Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board.
April Birch came to Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee through a referral from DHS in the PATH program. Michigan Works! provided Birch with a variety of services and helped her enroll in college where she earned her Associate's Degree. Michigan Works! also helped Birch get a job at a Benzie County floral design business. Birch received the Northwest Michigan Works! PATH Program Success award. Watch the video to find out more.
Roberta Allen came to Northwest Michigan Works! in Manistee after the plant where she had worked for 13 years closed. Michigan Works provided a variety of services to Allen and helped her land a job with MSU Extension. Allen was selected as the Northwest Michigan Works! Dislocated Worker Program Customer of the Year. Watch the video to find out more.
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