Early Childhood Job Fair Hosted in Houghton County

Informative booth set up for the early childhood job fair

The Michigan Works! Houghton County American Job Center hosted a Job Fair on Thursday, June 20th. Eight employers and three training institutions participated looking to fill early childhood positions including teachers, aides, parapros, substitute teachers, daycare coordinators, playgroup supervisors, bus drivers, cafeteria help, and administrative assistants. There were also employers seeking healthcare field positions including direct care workers, RNs, Clinicians, and Therapists.

Training Institutions on site included Northern Michigan University, Gogebic Community College, and Bay Ojibwa Community College. All three were promoting their Childhood Education Programs and reported great interest from job fair attendees. Nancy Carter, a recruiter from NMU, had hoped to recruit 1 person from the fair and by the end of the day she had recruited 5 individuals for their Early Childhood Master’s Program. 

This job fair was coordinated through collaboration with the Great Start Collaborative Director, Iola Brubaker, Michigan Works! staff and those who participated. 

“Having qualified staffing is essential for our area’s early childhood programs. This fair is designed to bring awareness to the many great opportunities to work with children that exist in the Copper Country.”  – Iola Brubaker, Copper Country Great Start Collaborative Director.

Additional information presented during the day was about how to start your own in-home daycare. The Job Fair was open from 1:30-4:30, with a turnout of 21 job seekers, an onsite interview, and several follow-up interviews scheduled.

For more information about the event please visit the TV 6 website as they were in attendance capturing details of the fair:  https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Hancock-hosts-early-child-development-career-fair-511598611.html

For more information about the UPward Talent Council Michigan Works! please visit our website at UPMichiganWorks.org, email us at contactus@isupward.org, or follow us on social media @UPMichiganWorks. 

More Meet MI Works! Events to be Held this Summer

Meet MI Works! Event Flyer for Engadine Library

MI Works! has added two more Meet MI Works! Events to this summers schedule. Join us at one of the following events…

Curtis Public Library, 9220 N. Portage Avenue, Curtis, MI, 49820
Time:  7/23/19, Tuesday, noon to 3pm

Whitefish Township Library,  7247 M-123, Paradise, MI 49768
Time:  7/24/19, Wednesday, noon to 3pm

There will be demonstrations of Pure Michigan Talent Connect where you can learn how to access the thousands of jobs opportunities available at your fingertips! Staff will be present to answer any questions and help with resume building. Learn how to give employers the opportunity to find you. You can even get assistance building a career path to your dream job!

Michigan Works! provides services to teens looking for summer jobs

Darren Widder, workforce services manager at Michigan Works! in Escanaba talks with reporter from TV 6

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) – High school students and even college students can take advantage of the services provided by Michigan Works! to find summer employment.

Darren Widder, workforce services manager at Michigan Works! in Escanaba, says there are more than 2,000 jobs listed in the MiWorks! database, so there’s no need to think that “all the good jobs are gone.”

Summer jobs can be beneficial to teens not just to make money, but to learn about writing resumes, filling out applications, interviewing skills, and working with a team.

Widder says MiWorks! can also help teens and those in their early twenties write resumes and practice interviewing.


Michigan Economic Development Association Annual Meeting

MEDA Annual Meeting

Michigan’s Economic Development Association is holding their annual meeting Tuesday, August 13 – Friday, August 16, 2019, at the Holiday Inn in Marquette, MI. This is a rare opportunity for those in the Upper Peninsula to learn from some of the state’s leaders in economic development. The conference agenda includes lumber mill and mine tours, golf meet-up, walking tour of downtown Marquette, multiple networking opportunities, awards reception, and educational sessions covering the most important economic development topics and issues of today. 

Join us in August, not only to be captivated by the beauty and have a great time, but to come together and learn ways to keep the entire state going UP!

Early Registration (Now – July 29): MEDA Members $305/Non-Members $415

Regular Registration (July 30 – August 6): MEDA Members $320/Non-Members $430

Optional Fee-Based Activities
Tours: $15/tour/person

Guest (spouse, children, etc.) Fees
Early Arrivals Reception: $35/person
Opening Reception: $50/person
Awards Reception: $50/person
Tours: $15/tour/person
***The Early Arrivals Reception, Opening Reception, and Awards Reception are included for registered attendees.

Early Childhood Community Seeking Qualified Applicants

Early Childhood and Human Services Job Fair

Great Start Collaborative to host Early Childhood Job Fair at Michigan Works in Hancock

Hancock, MI – A job fair focused on early childhood and human service employment positions will be held on Thursday, June 20 from 1:30 to 4:30pm at the Michigan Works office in Hancock. The fair is free and open to the public and will feature multiple employers with several positions available. The Michigan Works office is located at 400 Quincy Street, 3rd Floor, Hancock. Interested individuals should come prepared for onsite interviews and multiple copies of their resume. The Copper Country Great Start Collaborative (CCGSC) is helping to organize this fair on behalf of several of their member organizations.

“Several organizations have stated that they are seeking staff for multiple positions,“ said CCGSC Director, Iola Brubaker. “So we decided to combine our efforts to showcase the many employment opportunities to the community through a job fair.”  Available positions have a wide range of qualification needed. Several are entry level positions that require a high school degree (or equivalent). A few require advanced degrees. Others are somewhere in between. Full-time, part-time and on-call positions are available. It is the hope of the CCGSC that job seekers will come out to see the many opportunities available in the early childhood and human service fields.

“The organizations which are invited to the job fair are committed to supporting children and families in the Copper Country,” said Brubaker. “Working for them is often very rewarding for individuals as they see the difference they make in our community.” Several of the positions include opportunities for professional development and advancement within the organization. This free event is open to all community members. Having qualified staff is essential to having strong early childhood programs in Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

For more information about the Early Childhood Job Fair, please contact Iola Brubaker at ccgreatstart@gmail.com or call 906.482.9365.

Media Contact: Iola R. Brubaker, CCGSC Director,

906-482- 9365, ccgreatstart@gmail.com

Meet MI Works! Event

Meet MI Works! Event Flyer for Engadine Library

Join us Monday, July 22 from 1pm – 3pm at the Engadine Public Library to learn about the services MI Works! has to offer.

There will be a demonstration of Pure Michigan Talent Connect where you can learn how to access the thousands of jobs opportunities available at your fingertips! Staff will be present to answer any questions and help with resume building. Learn how to give employers the opportunity to find you. You can even get assistance building a career path to your dream job!

Return North Event

Return North Professional Careers Reception

RETURN NORTH is a professional careers reception aiming to match Upper Peninsula employers searching for talent with candidates looking to take their careers back to the place they love. This year’s July event is being hosted in the heart of Marquette’s downtown, and features a range of companies from the Marquette and Houghton areas. Come home for the Independence Day celebrations and enjoy a casual, local networking opportunity. RSVP athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/return-north-attendee-rsvp-tickets-60947850662

Fri, July 5, 2019

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Landmark Inn

230 North Front Street Marquette, MI 49855

Going Pro Talent Fund Information Sessions

Going Pro in Michigan information sessions, The Going PRO Training Fund (GPTF) provides funding to companies for workforce training. Learn more about the application process, training, grant requirements and funding parameters. Reserve your spot today! rsvp@isupward.org

Escanaba, MI – June 2019 – UPward Talent Council Michigan Works! will be holding information sessions on the Going PRO Talent Fund over the next few months. Last year Upper Peninsula employers received funding in total of $1,154,724 from the Going PRO Talent Fund. There were 34 awards given in 2019 with 6 apprenticeships, 174 awarded trainings, 340 new hires, and 590 upskilled employees.  

The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, increases the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s employers by providing awards for customized employer responsive training. The intent of these awards is to enhance and train talent, increase productivity and employment retention, support registered apprenticeships, and meet the current demand needed to address the skills gaps of employees.  

UPward will be holding information sessions for employers across the Upper Peninsula over the next few months. During this summer’s information sessions businesses can learn about the application process and how to get started. Information will also be provided on the different types of training, grant requirements and funding parameters.  

From 2014-2018, 2,234 companies state-wide were awarded training funds. The average amount of each award was $32,068. The average training cost per person was $962. Sizes of companies receiving awards range from less than 100 employees, to 500 or more employees. Employers are encouraged to hire veterans and receive an additional $500 for each newly-hired veteran. 

Reserve your spot at one of our 18 information sessions this summer by emailing rsvp@isupward.org today! See schedule below for times and locations. 

For more information about UPward Talent Council Michigan Works! services and the Going PRO Talent Fund, please contact your local American Job Center. For information on contacting us, please visit our website at www.upmichiganworks.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram at @UPMichiganWorks. 

2019 FY20 Going Pro Sessions 

Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, and Keweenaw Counties 

7/18/2019 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm • MI Works!, 8th Floor Conf. Room, 400 Quincy St, Hancock, MI  

8/1/2019 10am, 12pm, 4pm & 6pm • MI Works! 429 E River St, Ontonagon, MI  

8/8/2019 10am, 12pm, 4pm & 6pm • MI Works! 222 E Ayer St, Ironwood, MI (Central Time) 

8/15/2019 10am, 12pm & 2pm • MI Works!, 8th Floor Conf. Room, 400 Quincy St, Hancock, MI  

Iron, Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta Counties 

6/11/2019 10am • MI Works! 127 S Stephenson Ave Suite 211, Iron Mountain, MI (Central Time) 

6/11/2019 2pm • MI Works! 305 W Genesee St, Iron River, MI (Central Time)                          

6/25/2019 12pm • NWTC Training Center, 1428 Main St., Marinette, WI (Central Time) 

6/26/2019 1:30pm • MI Works! 2950 College Ave., Escanaba, MI 

Schoolcraft, Luce, Chippewa, and Mackinac Counties 

6/17/2019 10am – 12pm • SMART ZONE, 2345 Meridian St. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 

6/18/2019 10am – 12pm • Newberry Village Conference Room, 302 E. McMillian Ave.  Newberry, MI 

6/19/2019 10am – 12pm • MI Works! 10 North Street St. Ignace, MI 

6/20/2019 10am – 12pm • MI Works! Room 264, 300 Walnut St., Manistique, MI 

Baraga, Marquette, and Alger Counties

6/27/2019 10am-11:30am • Lakeside Inn, 900 US-41, Baraga, MI 49908

7/18/2019 10am-11:30am • MI Works! Conference Room 2, 1498 O’Dovero Drive Marquette, MI

8/14/2019 2pm-3:30pm • Munising Public Library, 810 M-28 suite a, Munising, MI 49862

8/21/2019 10am-11:30am • Lakeside Inn, 900 US-41, Baraga, MI 49908

8/28/2019 10am-11:30pm • MI Works! Conference Room 2, 1498 O’Dovero Drive Marquette, MI

Great Lakes Foods – 2017 Marinette/Menominee Employer of the Year

Pictured from left to right:
Jill Badker, Advertising Manager
Jenny Short, Community Relations Leader, Wisconsin Public Service, Michigan Works! Representative
Gene Mylener, President
Allison Stewart, Marketing Director
Jason DuPont, Logistics and Warehouse Director


UPWARD Talent Council Michigan Works! recognized Great Lakes Foods at the 2017 Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony as the Employer of the Year for the Marinette/Menominee region.  

Great Lakes Foods has built a reputation for helping retail grocers build their business and grow their profits. Their experienced team focuses on innovation in products and format, a strong marketing program and personal, customer driven retail support.  Great Lakes Foods has been successfully serving independent grocers in Wisconsin and Michigan and for over 100 years from their 300,000 square foot warehouse and support center in Menominee, Michigan.

They supply stores throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin.

They are a locally owned company that takes pride in delivering personal customer service and always strive to help their customers grow.  They make significant investments back into their business to maintain the level of excellence their clients have come to expect from this thriving company.

Great Lakes Foods is involved in their community in many ways.  Their list of accomplishments is very impressive and includes helping local food pantries:  St. Vincent DePaul, Abundant Life Church, and NEWCAP Food Pantry.   They support the Marinette/Menominee Chamber of Commerce and their activities.  They also work with the Area Schools, the YMCA, the Marinette and Menominee Recreation Departments, Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm, the Waterfront Festival, Project Give, the Jim Hodge Memorial Run, the Bay Area Medical Center Menominee River Century Bike Ride and Veteran Organizations. 

Great Lakes Foods is also a proud sponsor of the DAR Boys and Girls Club/River Cities Community Pool “Da Yooper Plunge.”   In fact, Great Lakes Foods was recognized as “Top Fundraising Team” in 2015 and 2016.

Great Lakes Foods truly represents Business and Community Excellence.

Workshop training yields employability certifications


From left: Erika Justus, Ryan Lobeck, Julie Burie, Dalton Lamb, Dakota DeClark and Jonathan Ringel. Not pictured is Barb Reisner, program developer.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The first four graduates of the employability training workshops now have employability certifications to add to their career portfolios.

The Career Launch initiative, Employability Certification, was held during April, and put on by local leaders with Great Start, the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis Club, YMCA, Dickinson-Iron Community Service Agency, Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance, United Way of Dickinson County and Michigan Works!

The four graduates completed their career portfolios and achieved the certification after learning career development skills and preparation readiness necessary for employment.

“Michigan Works! staff will continue ongoing career mentoring to assist job placement for all graduates from the employability certification class as a number one priority,” noted Erika Justus, Michigan Works!, Business Services Team Consultant.

Jonathan Ringel, a leader in the program, noted that local businesses have provided valuable information to the Career Launch Team. “They have indicated that individuals applying for jobs and interviewing need more information on how to get a job and how to keep a job.”

Before walking into a job interview, learning how to develop a career portfolio is a valuable asset, noted Barb Reisner, Career Launch program developer.

“It can be a great confidence builder to have the portfolio consisting of career major information, hiring attributes, a current resume, personal profile information, work photographs and more,” Reisner said.

Any organizations, individuals, businesses, or schools interested in joining the Career Launch Consortium, should contact Reisner, Ringel, Justus or Lynda Zanon, Chamber Director with the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance or call (906) 774-3647 EXT 1403