Michigan Works! Association Annual Conference Challenge of Excellence Awards - Winners

Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson with retiring Michigan Works! Board Chair Will Carne

Casperson was recognized as the LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR at the Michigan Works! Association Annual Conference on October 3, 2016 in Mt. Pleasant. The award recognizes a state legislator who is steadfast in their support of Michigan Works! and/or a Michigan Works! Agency (i.e., support of program funding, sponsored new legislation, etc).

Carne was introduced into the CHAMPIONS OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT at the event as well. Carne has been associated with the workforce development system for over 44 years and been a crucial strategic leader of worker pipeline creation and talent development in the Upper Peninsula.

Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers, MI was also recognized at the state-wide event as the EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR. The award highlights a private sector employer that, in partnership with a Michigan Works! Agency, goes beyond the call of duty, continuously contributes to local job-placement / promotes education to maintain a skilled workforce. Emphasis may be on hiring individuals with disabilities or any other significant barrier(s) to employment.

Learn more about these awards and other award winners here:  http://www.michiganworksconference.org/general-info/challenge-of-excelle...