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

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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.

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2. Get to work!

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

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3. Search jobs & register for work

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

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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!

Veterans

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.

Youth

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.

Workshops

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.

WorkKeys

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

May
29
Wed
2:00 pm Interviewing Workshop @ Michigan Works!
Interviewing Workshop @ Michigan Works!
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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,[...]
2:00 pm Workplace Communication Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
Workplace Communication Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workplace Communication:  Communication skills are key in all areas of your career.    The focus of this workshop is on developing better listening skills and developing positive verbal & nonverbal communications in the workplace as well[...]
2:00 pm Workplace Communication Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
Workplace Communication Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workplace Communication: Communication skills are key in all areas of your career.    The focus of this workshop is on developing better listening skills and developing positive verbal & nonverbal communications in the workplace as well[...]
May
30
Thu
9:00 am Stress Management Workshop @ Midland Service Center
Stress Management Workshop @ Midland Service Center
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Stress Management:  Everyone experiences stress in their lives and we all react differently to different types of stress.  The more knowledge, tools, and skills we have for understanding stress, the better we are at keeping[...]
9:00 am Stress Management Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
Stress Management Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Stress Management:  Everyone experiences stress in their lives and we all react differently to different types of stress.  The more knowledge, tools, and skills we have for understanding stress, the better we are at keeping[...]
9:00 am Stress Management Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
Stress Management Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Stress Management:  Everyone experiences stress in their lives and we all react differently to different types of stress.  The more knowledge, tools, and skills we have for understanding stress, the better we are at keeping[...]
2:00 pm Goal Setting Workshop @ Midland Service Center
Goal Setting Workshop @ Midland Service Center
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Goal Setting:  Goal setting involves interactive tools for prioritizing goals and achieving them. It’s a job seeker-centered framework for working with everyone to 1. Set goals, 2. Break your goals down into management steps, 3.[...]
2:00 pm Goal Setting Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
Goal Setting Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Goal Setting:   Goal setting involves interactive tools for prioritizing goals and achieving them. It’s a job seeker-centered framework for working with everyone to 1. Set goals, 2. Break your goals down into management steps, 3.[...]
2:00 pm Goal Setting Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
Goal Setting Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Goal Setting:  Goal setting involves interactive tools for prioritizing goals and achieving them. It’s a job seeker-centered framework for working with everyone to 1. Set goals, 2. Break your goals down into management steps, 3.[...]
May
31
Fri
9:00 am Conflict Resolution Workshop @ Midland Service Center
Conflict Resolution Workshop @ Midland Service Center
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Conflict Resolution:  Join our comprehensive workshop designed to equip professionals with essential skills in conflict resolution, problem-solving, and decision-making. In today’s dynamic workplace, these abilities are crucial for fostering a productive and harmonious environment. This[...]
9:00 am Conflict Resolution Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
Conflict Resolution Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Conflict Resolution:      Join our comprehensive workshop designed to equip professionals with essential skills in conflict resolution, problem-solving, and decision-making. In today’s dynamic workplace, these abilities are crucial for fostering a productive and harmonious environment. This[...]
9:00 am Conflict Resolution Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
Conflict Resolution Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Conflict Resolution:      Join our comprehensive workshop designed to equip professionals with essential skills in conflict resolution, problem-solving, and decision-making. In today’s dynamic workplace, these abilities are crucial for fostering a productive and harmonious environment. This[...]
2:00 pm Financial Literacy Workshop @ Midland Service Center
Financial Literacy Workshop @ Midland Service Center
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Financial Literacy:  The workshop dissects this seemingly complicated topic of Financial Fitness/Literacy into manageable segments.  You will be encouraged to acknowledge limiting beliefs and habits that may impact your finances and urged to allow yourself[...]
2:00 pm Financial Literacy Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
Financial Literacy Workshop @ Bay City Service Center
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Financial Literacy:   The workshop dissects this seemingly complicated topic of Financial Fitness/Literacy into manageable segments.  You will be encouraged to acknowledge limiting beliefs and habits that may impact your finances and urged to allow yourself[...]
2:00 pm Financial Literacy Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
Financial Literacy Workshop @ Saginaw Service Center
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Financial Literacy:   The workshop dissects this seemingly complicated topic of Financial Fitness/Literacy into manageable segments.  You will be encouraged to acknowledge limiting beliefs and habits that may impact your finances and urged to allow yourself[...]

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.”