It Pays to Get Your Diploma – A Success Story

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Briana was a former high school dropout and parenting youth who decided she needed to make a good life for her son. After hearing about programs and services she could receive through U.P. Michigan Works! and the Job for Michigan’s Graduates program, Briana set up an appointment to work one-on-one with a Talent Specialist.

New Opportunities in the Wake of COVID – A Success Story

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K was referred to Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) in September 2020 and attended orientation with Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! At the time, they were not interested in any programmatic assistance as they were not sure what their career goals were due to the pandemic.

Moving Out into the World – A Success Story

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William came to Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! as a participant in one of our Soft Skills classes in the Spring of 2019.  We enrolled William in the beginning of May as an In-School Youth after discussing opportunities for advancement through our programs and services. 

Gov. Whitmer launches bipartisan $30M Michigan Reconnect program

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined today with Republican and Democratic legislators to announce the launch of the $30 million Michigan Reconnect program, the largest effort in state history to ensure that more than 4.1 million Michiganders who are 25 or older and do not have a college degree will have an opportunity to earn a tuition-free associate degree or skills certificate.

Adult Education Services Locator offers new onramp to careers

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To assist Michiganders with Adult Education opportunities, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has launched a new online tool – the Adult Education Services Locator – which allows users to conduct custom searches and identify a variety of Adult Education programs, resources and high school equivalency testing centers available statewide.

U.P. Businesses Receive Grants from Going PRO Talent Fund

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Last week, at least 850 Michigan businesses were awarded grants from the Going PRO Talent Fund. Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Business Services Manager, Holly Peoples, says there was no better time like the present to get this funding.

Tomorrow’s Talent Series

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To inform young U.P. residents of the benefits of a career in manufacturing, local organizations came together to facilitate the Tomorrow’s Talent (T2) series.