Category Success Stories

Priority of Service At West Michigan Works! veterans and their spouses may qualify for priority of service and other individualized employment services. “Priority of service” means they can access services before or in place of non-veterans. West Michigan Works! also hosts veterans career advisors and/or veterans representatives at their service ...
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PATH Program Creates Hope for Participants West Michigan Works! partners with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to help their clients discover and meet their career needs and goals. Individuals who have applied for cash assistance, also known as FIP, from MDHHS participate in the PATH program ...
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Asking for help is hard when you’re used to taking care of yourself. Imagine showing up to your job and learning that your employer had closed overnight. You are left with no income, which means facing foreclosure on your home. Where do you turn to ensure you can care for ...
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Rachel Murphy was bullied in high school and dropped out. With no work history, she lacked the motivation and self-esteem to pursue her education/career goals. But with the support of the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG) program, Rachel is on the path to reach the goals she set for herself. A ...
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Hannah Wyman joined our Job’s for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) chapter in December 2017 and already has seen success. She’s her way to accomplishing her goal of earning a GED within six months. Hannah has overcome a lot since entering the program. As a result, her confidence has soared and her enthusiasm ...
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Gina Mancha was displaced from a long career in automotive manufacturing and needed to find a new career. As a dislocated worker, Gina was eligible for services through Michigan Works!. With guidance from a career coach, she completed a career portfolio—a collection of documents that highlights experience, skills and accomplishments—and ...
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Meet Karla and Bob. They both came to a West Michigan Works! service center after losing their jobs. They both started their job search with fear they wouldn’t get rehired because they’re older workers. After help from their career coaches, they both found jobs similar to their previous ones and ...
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D’Angelo Green will graduate from Muskegon Heights High School Academy with a very bright future. But the outlook hasn’t always been so positive. A bleak future At the start of his senior year, D’Angelo lacked the essentials needed for graduation and success beyond high school: credits, motivation, maturity and basic ...
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Anna Trujillo was referred to West Michigan Works! after returning to Michigan from California in August 2017. Anna was worried about finding employment; she didn’t have a credential, interview clothing, transportation funds or a Michigan driver's license and registration. She needed a way to support herself and her three children. ...
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Students and employers gathered at the Muskegon Career Tech Center for the Student Showcase, the last step of the Linked Muskegon program. Linked is an 18-week training course in machining, welding or health sciences open to people of all ages who are looking for a new career. Michael Minton, CNC ...
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