News and Success Stories


Workforce development agencies

Workforce Development Agencies Leverage Emerging Technology Training to Support Equitable Economic Recovery

Michigan Works! Southwest announced earlier this week it is opening enrollment in three free job skill training programs. The programs are part of The Future of Work Grand Challenge, a $6 million national initiative designed to put more than 25,000 individuals impacted by COVID-19.

Job Seekers Invited

Job Seekers Invited to Virtual Hiring Event for Manufacturing/Production Industry

BRANCH COUNTY, MICH. – Michigan Works! Southwest is hosting a virtual Employers of the Day direct hiring event on April 1 from 1-5 p.m. featuring five major Brach County employers related to the Manufacturing and Production industry.

P.A.T.H. Program Provides Appreciaiton

P.A.T.H. Program Provides Appreciation, Respect, New Career for Single Mother

“It’s almost indescribable,” Lynn said. “It’s honestly quite surreal. Being somewhere where you are appreciated and respected both at work and at home is something I never thought I’d have.”

Timing and Perserverance Generate

Timing and Perseverance Generate Positive Career Prospects

Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time is just as important as the effort you put into something. In the case of Matthew’s recent

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 $2,736,131.  The Going PRO Talent Fund creates and expands collaboration between Michigan Works! Agencies, economic development organizations, and educational agencies, by funding demand-driven technical training across a variety of industries.

Creative Collaboration Amidst

Creative Collaboration Amidst COVID-19

2020 was fraught with challenges, but it also provided opportunities to collaborate creatively with business partners. The COVID-19 pandemic presented additional layers of difficulties not only for the Southwest Michigan workforce but for those of us who work to support employers and employees.

Dedication, Hard Work

Dedication, Hard Work and a Bit of Computer Training Too

Jacqueline Wells quickly found out she could no longer perform the required tasks of her housekeeping job after experiencing a workplace injury. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and hiring stopped.

Program Enhances Career

Program Enhances Career Outlooks for Individuals on Food Assistance

The FAE&T program helps individuals connect with employment and training activities — job search, job search training, workfare, work readiness, basic literacy and vocational training — that will improve their ability to obtain and retain regular employment and increase self-sufficiency.

Remaining Focused on

Remaining Focused on the Future Despite Unexpected Roadblocks

Alexis Flanders has the kind of future-focused motivation the world needs right now. Having worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) since 2017, Flanders never had difficulty finding work – until the COVID-19 pandemic.

Job Seeker Experience

Job Seeker Experience Upgraded: Chat Live with Area Employers in Need of Talent

Michigan Works! Southwest is providing virtual employment services free to all southwest Michigan job seekers. Live virtual services now available include Employer of the Day events, job fairs, one-on-one career coaching office hours, and interactive employability skills workshops.

Work-Based Training

Work-Based Training a Win for Job Seekers and Employers

Some challenges Jerry faced was his lack of citizenship status and a lack of knowledge of specific beverage machines. By providing an OJT incentive, this allowed Jerry to receive the training needed and gave the company more incentive to hire him.

Persereverance Plus Community

Perseverance Plus Community Resources Equals Success

Antone applied for YOU’s CareerNOW occupational training program as an unemployed high school dropout to pursue the Early Childhood Education field. She was enrolled in a specialized program, WIOA, to continue to expand her vocational skills in the childcare industry and address barriers.

A proud partner of the American Job Center network.

An equal opportunity employer / program supported by the State of Michigan. 1-800-285-WORK (9675).
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. Dial 711 Relay Center and TTY. Supported in part with state and/or federal funds.