Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! staff are posed with the Director of Human Resources from Lakeshore Systems as the DIrector of Human Resources receives an Impact Award.

UP Michigan Works! Success Honored by State

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist Joins Local Lawmakers in Celebrating Local Talent, Career Development Efforts in the Upper Peninsula

LANSING, MI (March 6, 2020)— Upper Peninsula talent development and employment successes were among those celebrated by state leaders at the Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards this week.

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, local lawmakers and statewide talent development officials gathered in Lansing on Wednesday, March 4 to recognize local resident Michael Banister, Lake Shore Systems, Inc. and Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! for connecting Ontonagon residents with long-term sustainable work.

UP Michigan Works! prepared Michael with proper work attire and equipment and set up a work-based learning opportunity at Lake Shore Systems, Inc. to receive training. UP Michigan Works! supports local employers like Lake Shore Systems to invest in new hires by providing short-term wage subsidies.

Lake Shore Systems began operations in the Ontonagon community in 2017 and has a consistent need for qualified, skilled employees. Michael first learned about the business while on a talent tour, an event Michigan Works! coordinated to introduce students to local employers.

 “Michael was a great kid to work with,” said Chuck Pollock, Sr., Michael’s supervisor at Lake Shore Systems. “He showed up on time every day and always put forth an honest effort. At Lake Shore we are always trying to recruit locally but it’s tough to find kids who want to stick around the area. This was our first time working with Michigan Works! and we want to continue working with them to see programs like this help our community.”

The Impact Awards hosted by Michigan Works! Association recognize the economic development success being achieved in communities across Michigan. During the event, local lawmakers presented 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 Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Waucedah). “Congratulations to Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!, Lake Shore Systems and, of course, Michael for showing what it means to be successful collaborators in the UP.”

Attendees representing the UP included Charles Munk, Director of HR, Lake Shore Systems, Bridget Kennedy, Director of HR, Systems Control, Mark Massicotte, Owner, L’Anse Manufacturing, and Bill Raymond, CEO, UP Michigan Works!.

“The dedication that Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! has to ensuring our region’s residents get the services and assistance they need is integral to making our community successful,” said state Rep. Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock). “Michael’s success story is just one of many that happen everyday thanks to Michigan Works!. Congratulations to everyone receiving this prestigious award!”

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.

“I am pleased to see community partners collaborating to bring talent and economic prosperity to our region,” said state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain). “The daily effort Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! puts into coordinating with local employers and other partners makes all the difference in talent development in this area.”

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 www.upmichiganworks.org or by calling (1 800) 285-WORKS (9675).