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 through their local Michigan Works! office. PATH stands for Partnership. Accountability. Training. and Hope. The program helps participants create an individualized career plan, set goals and take steps toward making their plan a reality.
At West Michigan Works! we understand that it can be hard to ask for help, and we want participants to know they are not alone on their journey. PATH participants work closely with a career coach who is there to support them throughout the program.
“I was just really lost. So, I went to West Michigan Works! I remember the first day I got there, I didn’t talk to anyone. I was really embarrassed… The people that work there were kind and didn’t judge me… And it just made me feel like, ‘ok, I can do this.’”
– Shutaveya, PATH Graduate
The first step for individuals in the PATH program is to identify and address challenges or barriers that prevent them from finding and maintaining employment. Common challenges that West Michigan Works! can help address include obtaining reliable transportation, work clothing, a valid driver’s license, auto insurance and more.
Once participants are addressing barriers to employment, they will work to set and meet career goals through a variety of activities, like:
- exploring careers based on skills and interests
- identifying skills needed to pursue a specific career
- continuing education to obtain these skills and/or complete a high school diploma or equivalent
- learning important employability skills through free workshops
- searching for work
At West Michigan Works! we work alongside PATH participants to help them make a plan, reach their goals and create stability for their families.
Meet Shutaveya and hear her story.