News and Success Stories


Meet April Gordon, January’s Shining Star

April is a valued member of the Michigan Works! Southwest team in her role as an ERN Success Coach. April’s nominator described her as someone who has a kind heart, is always willing to jump in and help her team, and continually strives to grow professionally. April’s recent interactions with two new employers resulted in…
New Federal Rule

New Federal Rule Would Have Catastrophic Consequences For Michigan’s Businesses and Talent

Employers and job seekers could be left with fewer Michigan Works! staff and locations to serve them if the proposed Wagner-Peyser Staffing Act rule is implemented.

Local Companies Awarded

Local Companies Awarded Training Grant to Bridge Gap for New and Existing Employees

The Workforce Development Board for Michigan Works! Southwest announces the award of a Going PRO Talent Fund Industry-Led Collaborative (ILC) grant totaling $138,065.

Michigan Works! Southwest partnering with local banking experts to host financial literacy workshop series for adults

Michigan Works! Southwest launched a series of brand-new financial literacy workshops for adults facing financial barriers, those looking to connect with a banking institution, or are seeking a fresh perspective on managing finances.


A Letter From the Director

A letter from the director.

Career Explorer Tool

Click here to read a report on the Career Explorer tool, which assists job seekers in making data-driven decisions to guide their career and training goals.

Michigan Works! Southwest 2020-2021 Annual Report

The Michigan Works! Southwest 2020-2021 Annual Report is now available.


Jakki Bungart-Bibb Named New Director for Michigan Works! Southwest

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and the Michigan Works! Southwest Workforce Development Board recently announced Jakki Bungart-Bibb as the new director for Michigan Works! Southwest.

Local Companies Awarded $2.7M in Training Grants to Bridge Gap for New and Existing Employees

The Workforce Development Board for Michigan Works! Southwest announces the award of Going PRO Talent Fund grants totaling $2,744,034.

Michigan Works! Southwest Expungement Fair

Michigan Works! Southwest Expungement Fair to Provide Community Assistance Navigating New “Clean Slate” Process

On April 11, 2021, the State of Michigan put into effect the new expungement law. The “Clean Slate” law was created to eliminate some of the known barriers to getting old misdemeanors and felonies (7 years for misdemeanors, 10 years for felonies) removed from an individual’s criminal record.

Resources to Help Veterans and Military Spouses Transition to Civilian Life

Whether just transitioning from the military or looking for something new, veterans have many tools at their fingertips.

Timing and Perseverance Generate Positive Career Prospects

Many people had to make adjustments during the pandemic. Jobs changed, personal lives changed, and even basic daily routines changed.

Now imagine adding to the chaos by not only moving, but moving to a different continent and a whole new culture.

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