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Building the workforce of tomorrow today

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UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works!

Our Board is a business-led policy and oversight organization responsible for creating a comprehensive, community-wide response to the challenges of building a highly skilled workforce and a competitive regional economy. As a convener of community leaders and stakeholders, our board engages in an ongoing strategic planning process to identify strategies, actions and measurements that will create and maintain a healthy and growing economy, equipped with a local workforce that has the knowledge and skills needed by business in a technological and competitive marketplace. The result will be to draw from a vibrant pool of skilled workers enabling business and industry to thrive year-round. In turn, this business vitality creates the potential for higher paying jobs; thus improving the overall regional economy.

About

Mission

Upward Talent Council promotes and addresses the needs of businesses for current and future work-ready talent,  in support of a strong and resilient economy. 

Vision

Upward Talent Council envisions a healthy, resilient and globally competitive regional economy,  with a workforce that has the knowledge and skills to strengthen and support business success. 

Soo Locks Virtual Job Fair

Are you interested in working on a project vital to the US economy and our national security? Have you been wanting to Live, Work and Play in Michigan's Upper Peninsula? The US Army Corps of Engineers is looking for highly skilled civilians to engage on the …

UPWARD at Chippewa County Job Fair

Sault Ste. Marie, MI (March 21, 2019)—The Chippewa County Job Fair was held on Thursday, March 21 at the LSSU Walker Cisler Center. There were 49 employers present at the event along with job seekers of all ages. The jobs that were available ranged from …

Success Story: WIOA unemployed to employed

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (2017) —Susie came to Michigan Works! with the hopes of assistance in filling out an online job application for Meijer, after being assisted in the process of the job application she was also enrolled into the WIOA-DW program. She was previously let …

Success Story: Thinking Ahead

Sault Ste. Marie, MI (March 21, 2019)—The Chippewa County Job Fair was held on Thursday, March 21 at the LSSU Walker Cisler Center. There were 49 employers present at the event along with job seekers of all ages. The jobs that were available ranged from seasonally part-time …

Success Story: Diante’s Peak

MARINETTE, WI (2018) —Diante and his family are originally from Sterling, Illinois. For the past five years Diante worked as a material handler, not making a enough money to care for his family of eight. Through hard work Diante was offered a substantially better wage in …

Success Story: Career Changing Gears

MARQUETTE (2018) — Marie attended RESEA program sessions at Michigan Works! service center in Marquette, Michigan. Marie was a recent dislocated worker and was unsure of what to do for work and what assistance would be available to her. In past years Marie worked as an office …

UPWARD at NMU Winter Semester Career Fair

MARQUETTE, MI (March 20, 2019)— Michigan Works! made an appearance at Northern Michigan University's 29th Annual Winter Semester Career Fair where about 60 employers in all different fields were on hand to meet with students. According to NMU Career Services, between 200-300 students usually attend …

UPWARD at Gwinn Wellness Fair

GWINN, MI (Feb. 17, 2019)—Michigan Works! had 3 JMG students volunteer at the Gwinn Wellness Fair on Sunday.  They talked with younger students, peers, and others from throughout the community about their career path and how Career Technical Education, Middle College, and Jobs for Michigan's …

UPWARD at Dan Perkins Open House

ISHPEMING, MI (Feb. 26, 2019)— Local Dan Perkins construction company held an industry after hours event for students and anyone looking to be an employee of the company. Many were in attendance including MARESA and JMG students, Michigan Works, Great Lakes recovery Center, Lake Superior …

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