News and Success Stories


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.

Confronting Trauma, Age

Confronting Trauma, Age Barrier to Access Prosperous Future

Many older workers face the need to continue formal employment in the labor market past the traditional age of retirement. Ellen was concerned about finding work and was equally concerned about entering a training program where she was surrounded by students 20+ years younger.

Transferable Skills Key

Transferable Skills Key to Reemployment

Lori worked for Spring Arbor University as an associate professor and was laid off due to staff downsizing. After losing her job, she found it difficult to find a comparable position at other colleges and universities, as few were hiring in her area of specialization.

Michigan Works! Southwest makes resume

Michigan Works! Southwest makes resume, resource workshops available virtually

These online workshops, designed to provide support to job seekers while contact restrictions are in place due to COVID-19, will replace in-person workshops previously offered at Michigan Works! Southwest service centers.

Income Tax Services

Income Tax Services Available Virtually, Free of Cost

Individuals within a certain income range can now receive free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services virtually. The IRS has now signed off on services being provided virtually.

Michigan Works! Southwest Announces U.S. Census Partnership

For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure.

MW Impact

Michigan Works Association Recognizes Impact of Readiness Resources

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Works! Impact Awards honor those who’ve built tangible economic results by creating jobs and developing talent in their communities. The yearly event, where the awards are bestowed, brings lawmakers and economic achievers together for a unique look at the work that is transforming Michigan’s economic vitality. This year, Michigan Works! Southwest…

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Declares February CTE Month

Students encouraged to explore education and career pathways during Career and Technical Education Month  LANSING, MICH. — Career and technical education offers high school students hands-on training that can be applied to real-world, in-demand education, training and career pathways.  With more than 545,000 Michigan job openings through the year 2026, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joins Michigan Department of Labor…

Firekeepers Casino Hotel Recognized as Employer of the Year by Michigan Works! Association

KALAMAZOO, MI (Sep 10, 2019) – The Michigan Works! Association honored FireKeepers Casino Hotel on Tuesday for its commitment to training and developing a pipeline of skilled and competent talent in Michigan. Named the Michigan Works! Association Employer of the Year, FireKeepers received its award at the association’s annual conference in Kalamazoo. “FireKeepers has been…

Local Talent Development Leader Jennifer Klempnow Honored by Michigan Works! Association

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Sep 10, 2019) – Jennifer Klempnow of Michigan Works! Southwest was awarded Michigan’s “Shining Star” Award today during the Michigan Works! Association’s Annual Conference in Kalamazoo.

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Achieves “5-of-5” Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG), the premier program of Youth Solutions Inc., has achieved the “5-of-5” award, bestowed annually by the national affiliated organization, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

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