“Never Give Up” is Easier With Support from Michigan Works

susan-dunnIn 2016, Susan Dunn relocated to Grayling, MI from Texas. Once here, she had no means of transportation, and was staying with a friend while looking for a job and housing. Susan also hadn’t worked in quite a while, so getting back into the workforce was a bit scary, and she was concerned she lacked the skills employers were looking for. Without a home computer, Susan had no way to brush up on her computer skills or job search online, so in July 2016, she began coming to Michigan Works and working with Talent Specialist, Crystal Filley. Continue reading


Local Engineering Company Uses State Grant to Increase CAD Skills

RS Scott Associates is a local engineering company that has served Northeast Michigan for over 75 years. They specialize in designing bridges, roads, buildings, parks, trails, and land developments. Demand for their services is expected to increase dramatically in the near future, as Michigan Legislature approves funding to upgrade the state’s infrastructure. With this growth, RS Scott will need to hire new employees, which may be difficult considering the highly skilled needs of the company in relation to the experience of the available workforce in the area. RS Scott continues to utilize Michigan Works for assistance in recruiting and training individuals as needed. Continue reading

Michigan Works! Helps Worker Come Full Circle

When Cindy R was laid off from Lake Superior State University (LSSU), she came to Michigan Works! in Alpena for assistance in finding a new job.

Cindy was in the Alpena office often and Michigan Works! Talent Specialist, Barb Timm, assisted her with faxed and online job applications. Barb also provided encouragement and emailed Cindy job postings often.

Cindy accepted a part-time job with MSU Extension, then shortly after, a full-time position with Stratford Group, before she ended up being called back to LSSU. She is currently employed again at LSSU with good pay and state benefits.

Cindy says, “I was laid off for 6 months. The staff and resources available to me at the Michigan Works! office were such a wonderful help to me. Barb T. went above and beyond to assist me with procuring employment.”

It’s Never Too Late To Start Over

carl-kohutAfter 17 years with the same company, Carl Kohut found himself unemployed due to a non-work related injury requiring shoulder surgery and a seven month recovery. He suddenly found himself without his good paying job, without his great benefits, with no dependable paycheck each week, no medical coverage, no 401k, no holiday or vacation pay, and no quick fix.

Carl thought it would be no big deal to find a decent paying job with benefits, after all, he had over twenty years of manufacturing experience and nearly ten years working in construction. But while there were many jobs available, most were jobs such as short order cooks, lawn mowing, and general labor – jobs that didn’t pay well, nor had the benefits Carl was accustomed to. Continue reading

Michigan Works! Helps Veteran Double His Income

Brent Stoddard, a Navy Veteran, visited the Onaway Michigan brent-stoddardWorks! office in November 2014. He had been working at Shaun Hope Enterprises for the past four years as a Lawn and Garden Maintenance Laborer making $12/hour, but unfortunately, he was laid off up to 6 month of the year. Every year, once his unemployment ran out, he would struggle to pay his bills. Brent came to Michigan Works! hoping to find a more permanent employment solution. Continue reading

Rally’s Utilizes Michigan Works! to Hire 20+ in Gaylord

rallyslogo_greatdeals1405393657Thomas Krebs started in the family dining business operating the Big Boy in West Branch. He was looking to expand in a dining business that would allow for travel (reasonable distance to maintain) and location was also key. Gaylord’s location, off of I-75 and M-32, was a well-traveled route and the Rally’s business model was the sort that met Thomas’ needs.

Krebs worked with Business Services Professional Kathy Bradley to advertise for candidates on Pure Michigan Talent Connect and they also utilized one of Michigan Works! rooms for interviewing. Kathy also went over the current programs available to employers, Continue reading