U.P. Talent Development Successes Honored by State Leaders, Workforce Experts at State Capitol

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Joins Local Lawmakers in Celebrating Local Talent, Career Development Efforts in the Upper Peninsula
 
 
LANSING, MI (Feb. 28, 2019)— Upper Peninsula talent development and employment successes were among those celebrated by state leaders at the Michigan Works! Impact Awards this week.
         
  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, local lawmakers and statewide talent development officials gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to recognize local resident Nathan Snyder, as well as the Carpenters Local 1510, Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) and UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works! for their collaboration to train more talent in the Upper Peninsula.
 
UPWARD Talent Council provided Carpenters Local 1510 with a grant to help train 51 new apprentices and upskill 38 current apprentices. MARESA, UTC and 1510 worked together to promote skilled trades, help students explore different career pathways, and prepare them to succeed in today’s workforce by allowing them to pursue dual enrollment during high school.
 
Nathan Snyder is an example of the opportunities available thanks to this partnership. In 11th grade, Nathan enrolled in the Marquette-Alger Technical Middle College, allowing him to take college classes in 11th and 12th grade and become a full-time Northern Michigan University student during his 13th year. A customized coursework plan was created for Nathan to prepare him for an apprenticeship, which he started in March 2018 with the 1510. After experiencing his apprenticeship, he decided not to return to his schooling and pursue his apprenticeship with the 1510 full-time. UTC provided Nathan with career-planning advice and support services as he transitioned to his new role. He now has a great career right out of high school and is laying roots in the U.P.
 
“Skilled trades training programs help to better prepare students for good paying careers that are in need of talented workers,” said state Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan). “This partnership is an excellent example of how we can work together to help young people succeed, and I congratulate Nathan and his fellow students for getting the training they need for in-demand careers in the Upper Peninsula.”
 
The Impact Awards, hosted by Michigan Works! Association, recognize the economic development success being achieved in communities across Michigan. During the event, local lawmakers present tributes to dozens of honorees from across the state. 
 
 “Working together to train talent and keep our economy strong is critical for our region to thrive,” said state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette). “Congratulations to the UPWARD Talent Council, Carpenters Local 1510 and of course Nathan Snyder for showing what it means to be a successful in the U.P.”
 
Award winners included employers, workers, Michigan Works! organizations, and partners from across the state.
 
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 the go-to resource for 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 michiganworks.org.
 
Find the nearest Michigan Works! American Job Center by visiting http://michiganworks.org/agencies/map or by calling (1 800) 285-WORKS (9675).