Barb Travis Receives Annual Shining Star Award for Michigan Works! Southwest

Michigan Works! Southwest wishes to extend our congratulations to Barb Travis on receiving the Michigan Works! Association Annual Shining Star Award for our Michigan Works! Area! The Michigan Works! Association’s Annual Shining Star Award Celebrates Michigan Works! Agency front line staff who, through dedication and outstanding contributions to workforce development, personifies the Michigan Works! mission.

Barb Travis has been Michigan Works! Southwest’s Calhoun County Site Manager since July 1, 2023. Prior to serving in this capacity, Barb spent over five years as a Career Coach and Lead Career Coach in Battle Creek’s Neighborhood Employment HUBs program, which provides neighborhood-based workforce development services, including community service placement, job placement, employability skills building, and connections to training opportunities.

Barb is passionate about customer service and assisting undeserved populations with achieving their goals. Her thoughtfulness and attentiveness to customers far exceeds expectations and as a result, customers continually experience positive outcomes, and describe Barb as committed, personable, and someone who genuinely makes others feel welcome. As a result of her continued commitment to excellence, Barb’s staff, co-workers, and managers describe her as empathetic, helpful, kind, and hard working. Barb’s positivity and spirit are contagious, and her communication skills are exemplary. She is energetic in her communications and thoughtful in her message delivery. Barb does not shy away from difficult conversations and always handles them with grace and respect.

Congratulations Barb! We are proud to have you on the Michigan Works! Southwest Team!