State Policy, Talent Leaders Honor UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works! Workforce Development Results

Pictured from left to right:

Mark Massicotte, Vicki Schwab, William L. Raymond, State Representative Sara Cambensy, State Senator Tom Casperson, State Representative Beau LaFave, Luke Siebert


Hiring, training and employment successes celebrated At ANNUAL IMPACT AWARDS



LANSING (February 22, 2018)— State leadership and lawmakers came together this week to honor Michigan’s Upper Peninsula leaders for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in their communities.


Legislators and statewide talent development officials recognized Northern Machining & Repair, local resident David LaFoille, Delta County Economic Development Alliance, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District and UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works! with 2018 Impact Awards.


Northern Machining & Repair Inc. (NMR) needed support with talent and hiring needs and reached out to UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works! for solutions. 

Michigan Works! provided NMR with talent solutions services such as job postings, hiring solutions, Skilled Trades Training Fund grant assistance, On-the-Job-Training placements, training provider referrals, talent tours, labor market information and ongoing communication on worker needs and shortages.

They have also made referrals to and partnerships with local and regional economic development partners like the Delta County Economic Development Alliance and Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District.

During this time, David LaFoille was seeking a career, not just a job. He was a strong candidate for on-the-job training because he had experience in machining.

When an opening for a machinist became available at NMR, Michigan Works! connected David to the company. He was offered an interview, and was hired for the position shortly thereafter.

Though he had the main skill set needed, he required additional training. Michigan Works! worked with NMR to provide an on-the-job training opportunity.

“Michigan Works On-the-Job Training funding has allowed us to put more of a focus on initial training for our new employees,” said Melisa Johnson, Northern Machine and Repair, Inc. “This training broadens the new employee’s skillset which directly impacts our value to our customers.”

Working hand-in-hand with the company to identify their needs and create win-win scenarios for the company and workers is vital to growth and prosperity in the Upper Peninsula.

“Michigan Works! has a strong commitment to our local economy – to both business and workers alike,” said State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba). “Thanks to their innovative efforts to bolster and advance our local talent pipeline, we can see firsthand the importance of Michigan Works! as a talent resource.”

The Impact Awards, hosted by Michigan Works! Association, honor the finest achievements in workforce development statewide, from the creation of new jobs to the accomplishments of hardworking citizens.

During the annual event, lawmakers present tributes to award winners, employers, workers, Michigan Works! Agencies, and partners, who share their stories and the role Michigan Works! played in their success.

“Congratulations to David and other local individuals like him who have taken advantage of the resources through Michigan Works! that invest in themselves for a better future,” said State Representative Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette).

Find the nearest Michigan Works! American Job Center by visiting or by calling (800) 285-WORKS (9675).

Michigan Works! Association is a non-profit membership organization that provides services and support to Michigan’s talent eco-system. For over 30 years, the Association has been a go-to resource in federal, state and local workforce initiatives. The Association’s work ensures top-quality services and support for Michigan’s talent pipeline. For more information, please visit