Serving Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, & Saginaw Counties

STOP IN and see us!

IF AND WHEN you need us.

1. Where do I start?

Answer a few quick questions so we can match you to the best resources and services for your needs.


2. Get to work!

Explore the services we offer to help you get to work in a satisfying career.


3. Search jobs & register for work

Create an account and search jobs on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.


Services for Job Seekers

Job Training

Employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region are actively looking for workers with very specific job skills. We recruit for these programs based on employer needs. Let us know if you are interested.

Job Search Services

Sure, you can look for a job on your own. But why not take advantage of a human connection ready to assist you for FREE? Stop in to one of our five service centers to get started!


As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, you have special benefits within the Michigan Works! system. Be sure to let us know if you are a veteran or spouse of a veteran.


We celebrate the untapped potential of young talent ages 16-24 in our communities! Helping to create new “employees of the month” starts with personalized services, preparation for education and training beyond high school or GED completion, outstanding resources to build skills and work experience, scholarships, mentors, and loads of support to overcome life barriers.


We are committed to making job seekers better job seekers. All five service centers offer workshops covering a wide range of topics designed to do just that — from financial planning and budgeting to prepping for job fairs.


We offer these job skill assessment tests to help job seekers compare their skills to those required for real jobs needed by area employers.

Job Outlook Report

Learn more about the current and future job outlook for high-demand, high-wage careers in our region.

Small Business Start-up

Through our partnership with the Michigan Small Business Development Center, we offer a variety of reference materials and access to specialized computer programs to provide direction and assistance to entrepreneurs.

Upcoming Events

9:00 am Moving Forward Workshop
Moving Forward Workshop
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Moving Forward:  This workshop discusses tips and techniques for obtaining employment when your background may include misdemeanors or felonies.  It includes helpful discussions on addressing tough questions concerning your past, and tips for a successful[...]
2:00 pm Job Search Networking Workshop
Job Search Networking Workshop
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Job Search Networking:  This workshop will assist you in your job search from preparation and organization to goal setting and networking for job search success.  Networking can be an effective tool to help with your[...]
2:00 pm Open Interviews – Soaring Eagle ... @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Ballrooms
Open Interviews – Soaring Eagle ... @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Ballrooms
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Open Interviews - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Ballrooms
OPEN INTERVIEWS for multiple positions: at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Ballrooms, Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 2pm-6pm. Must be 18 years of age. Bring two pieces of ID to the event (One being a[...]
9:00 am Interviewing Workshop
Interviewing Workshop
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Interviewing: Sign up for this workshop to learn more about behavioral interviewing, how to prepare for the interview, what employers are really asking, and get tips on how to relax and ace the interview. Also,[...]
9:00 am Budgeting Workshop
Budgeting Workshop
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Budgeting:   Maintaining a budget on a lower income while you job search is challenging.  This workshop gives you helpful tips on how to set up your household budget with a limited income and how to[...]
2:00 pm Inspired Workshop
Inspired Workshop
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Inspired:   This workshop will “inspire” you to see the world from a new perspective.  You will discuss a variety of topics ranging from current events happening in the world or your community, choosing your[...]
9:00 am Resume Workshop
Resume Workshop
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Résumé Workshop:   The Résumé Workshop offers information on writing an effective résumé.   If you aren’t getting any interviews then it may be your résumé that needs updating.  Come learn how to make the adjustments to[...]
2:00 pm Customer Service Workshop
Customer Service Workshop
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Customer Service:    Competition is tough. Customers are more demanding than ever before and employers need workers who can meet those demands.  This customer service workshop will discuss the techniques you need to adapt to[...]

Get inspired by success!

Michael Y.

Michael Y., assembler, Robinson Industries, Coleman and participant in Offender Success Program

“Michigan Works! staff were very helpful in assisting me in my job seeking pursuit and helping me get back on track.”
Ashley T.

Ashley T., truck driver, DHT

“I wanted to pursue a more fulfilling and better-paying career. I needed assistance with tuition costs and fees required to obtain a commercial driver’s license and Michigan Works! helped. This has been a great opportunity for me and my family! I'm so blessed and grateful for the program! My career coach was amazing and such a strong advocate for me to be successful, I will be forever thankful!“
Blake O.

Blake O., RN, Detroit Receiving Hospital

“I was a full-time college student in the Nursing program at SVSU and was working 18 hours a week while completing my BNS. Michigan Works! provided assistance with tuition costs and fees required to become an RN, including tuition for my last three semesters and the costs for licensing, background check and exam registration. I will be forever thankful for Michigan Works! and their educational assistance program.”
Lisa T.

Lisa T., Delta College student, with plans to transfer to MSU to pursue a major in Russian translation

“After escaping a life being subjected to human trafficking, I turned to Michigan Works! for help. I had no formal education, but they helped me improve my language skills and earn my GED. Today, I have a car and an apartment, I’m in college, working and thriving.”
Justice G.

Justice G., phlebotomist, CSL Plasma, Saginaw

“I wanted a credential and a better job with higher wages to support my family. Michigan Works! helped me get my pre-training requirements and enroll in an 8-week phlebotomy class along with paying my tuition, books, supplies and testing costs, uniforms and shoes. I received my phlebotomy technician certificate and passed the American Medical Certification Association exam. My new job is great! I started making $3 more per hour than I was at the job I had for the previous four years. I am so thankful for the help provided by Michigan Works!”
Natacha B.

Natacha B., CNA, Riversbend Rehabilitation Services

“Life has knocked me down, but I laugh and get right back up and move forward. With the help of Michigan Works! I was able to take my CNA course. They also paid for my scrubs and state testing.  With all the positivity from my career manager and her understanding of all that I went through, I was able to land a job that I love. They also helped me with some new clothes for my new beginning. I have no idea where I would be without the help of Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!”
Brian W.

Brian W., former lead machine operator, Quad Graphics; recent grad of Tri Area Trucking School

“I am really excited to begin my new career as a truck driver with Republic Services. I especially like that I will be providing waste management and recycling service near my hometown. I want to thank Michigan Works! for making it all possible by covering the cost for books, supplies, testing fees, and tuition for my Class A commercial driver’s license.”
Allison R.

Allison R., English teacher, Carrollton High School

“Because teaching is my second career and I had to go back to school, Michigan Works helped me reach my goal by providing funding for my teaching certificate classes. I also learned invaluable information about the resources available to me even after I graduated from the program.”
Abbigail L

Abbigail L., housekeeper, Comfort Inn, Alma, working toward high school diploma/GED

“PATH is a very good program, and it helped me a lot. I came to the U.S. with a young son and spoke no English so my barriers to employment were huge. Michigan Works! helped me register for ESL classes, provided bus tickets, and clothing for interviews.”