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Fast Start

Ed Popielarz

If I had one single piece of advice to those considering Fast Start training, it would be to come in and talk to us immediately,” says Ed Popielarz, an instructor at Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! who helps Fast Start applicants.

“Too often we see people wait until their unemployment benefits are winding down to come in and talk to us about Fast Start,” he says. “If you come in right away, we have so much more to offer in the way of services.”

Though everyone’s qualifications, work experience, and skill levels are different, Ed says a good rule of thumb is to plan 4-8 weeks for the application process.

“One of the pre-application requirements are six Work Keys tests,” he explains. “It isn’t uncommon for people to retake those to reach the scores employers are requesting. With a little time, we are very successful in helping applicants reach those required scores.”

For more information about Fast Start, visit a Michigan Works! Service Center in Saginaw, Midland or Bay City and ask to speak with an employment specialist.