Michael operated a re-sale shop in Newberry, MI until it went out of business in 2017. After his store closed, he supported himself by working a part-time job at a local sporting goods store.
Michael, while working at the sporting goods store, visited MI Works!, and his visit led to him being enrolled in the WIOA Adult program in 2018. After working with a staff member, he was approved for classroom training assistance and attended Midwest Truck Driving School’s 160-hour Class A CDL truck driving course. He excelled in class and obtained his Class A CDL.
In December of the same year, Michael began working for the Village of Newberry as a Snowplow Driver. He performed so well that he received a raise shortly after his start date.
Michael continued to search for work because the aforementioned job was seasonal. His Michigan Works! Case Worker assisted by providing job referrals and resume assistance.
Eventually, Michael accepted a seasonal Heavy Equipment Operator position with the Luce County Road Commission. In this position, he was working 40 hours per week at a fair wage. Michael plowed snow for the Village of Newberry in the Winter and operated heavy equipment for the Luce County Road Commission in the Summer and Fall.
Michael says, “I enjoy the work I am doing, and I would like to thank Michigan Works! for helping me get over my employment setback and helping me return to work (full-time)”.