Rogers City High School Hosts Career Expo for 300+ Students

rc-career-expoOn November 4th, over 325 high school students from Rogers City, Onaway, and Posen attended a Career Expo in the Rogers City High School gymnasium. The event was coordinated by Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium and offered the 9th-12th grade students an opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from 24 local businesses. Advanced manufacturers, trade schools and colleges, health care professionals, skilled trades, local and state governments, and even the funeral home were represented at the event. Continue reading


New Website Targets NE Michigan Businesses, Job Seekers and Community

The northeast Michigan community, as well as employers considering moving to the region, now have a new resource available to them:

The new collaborative site was created by NEMCOG and Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium to provide information for local businesses, area job seekers, community members, and those looking to learn more about the region, whether it be businesses looking for a location to grow or the general public looking for regional information. The new site also features Regional Prosperity Initiative information, as well as a detailed regional profile, demographic data, business data and map data. Continue reading

Digital Works – Helping Cheboygan Adults Begin Online Careers

Seventeen training graduates were recognized at a grand opening event on December 10th.


This opportunity is a win-win for everyone. People are getting jobs and money is being put back into the community. I started training in October and I’m already working (in December). – Amy, graduate of the first training class

The Digital Works – Cheboygan facility opened its doors in the Straits Area Education Center in October. The first career training class has nine graduates; four have already started working and the other five are currently securing their new, online careers. A second class of eight adults is nearing graduation and online employment, as well. Continue reading

Hillman/Roscommon Lumber Grading Short Course Deemed A Success

Lumber grade rulerTwo 5-Day Lumber Grader Short Courses recently wrapped up in Hillman and Roscommon. The popular courses had a total of 27 participants, giving a variety of area lumber workers (yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales/ office staff, and management level personnel) an introduction to lumber inspection. Attendees reported that the training was very beneficial. While some said it was challenging, the Hillman instructor mentioned that his group of trainees were one of the best groups he had ever had. Participants received a Certificate of Course Completion. Continue reading

Digital Works is Now Connecting People & Jobs in Michigan

Job training and placement assistance program to open in Cheboygan County

Through a multi-agency collaboration, the Digital Works job training and placement assistance program will soon be offered in Cheboygan, Michigan, presenting a new option for job seekers. The new facility is located at 504 Division Street in Cheboygan and will begin program orientations on September 22. More than 500 jobs have been secured by graduates of the Digital Works program since it launched in Ohio in 2013. Continue reading

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Learn How To Become A Government Contractor

What does it take to become a successful government contractor? What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market? Did you know the federal government purchases more than $518 billion of goods and services a year, and the State of Michigan has a diverse portfolio valued at more than $23 billion?

If your company has been considering the field of government contracting, this FREE training will give you the insight you need. Find out what it takes to sell your goods and services to the federal government and the State of Michigan. In addition, learn about the free services and continuous support the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process.

This free training will be in Gaylord on August 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Michigan Works! Office located at 2927 D & M Drive. There is no charge for this training, but registration IS required. You can register contacting Tammy Moore, PTAC Procurement Counselor, at 989-733-8540. Continue reading

5-Day Lumber Grading Short Course Now Available in Michigan

woodThe lack of certified lumber graders in Michigan has been a major concern for wood product manufacturers, as they cannot find the necessary skilled labor in the current labor pool. To help meet this skills gap, the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA), the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG), Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium (MWNEMC), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are sponsoring two 5-day lumber grading short courses. The first is in Roscommon, August 31- Sept 4, and the second is in Hillman, September 21-25. Continue reading

Michigan Works! Hosts 4 Northeast Michigan Career Fairs

IMG_2115Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium recently held four separate career fairs for the counties of Cheboygan and Presque Isle, Alpena and Alcona, Otsego and Montmorency, and Crawford and Oscoda. Over 150 employers were represented with hundreds of job opportunities available. Overall, job seeker turnout was lower than last year, at 298 attendees, but to date over 55 job seekers were hired as a direct result of the career fairs, as reported by employers.

Unlike prior years, Michigan Works! limited the first two hours of the 1pm-4pm fairs to ticket holders only, while the last hour was open to the general public. To be a ticket holder a job seeker had to attend a Career Fair Prep class. This free, 2-hour class offered at multiple Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium offices provided job seekers training on how to build a resume, interview coaching, proper attire for the career fair and more. This preparation was requested by employers, as many attendees came unprepared in previous years. Of this years’ 298 attendees, 171 had attended a Career Fair Prep Class. Continue reading