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Letter from Chris Rishko, CEO

This Veteran’s Day marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Although it may have come and gone on the calendar, “Veteran’s Day” is something we do our very best to celebrate every day here at Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! During my 16 years (and...

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Hiring Innovation: “Squash Team”

Every year around the third week of September, Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn begins an annual tradition of harvesting and processing all the squash they use throughout the year for sides and desserts in their restaurants and eateries. The “squash team,” as it has been...

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Need for Medical Assistants Drives New Training Program

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! convened a consortium of regional hospitals and training providers to discuss ongoing hiring needs in the health care industry. The result of our meetings is a new, accelerated training program for medical assistants that begins January...

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Apprenticeships Take Off Throughout Michigan

Registered apprenticeships are an industry-driven talent development strategy that combines on-the-job experience with formal classroom learning. Michigan was recently awarded $4 million from the United States Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeships...

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STTF Funds Empower Avalon & Tahoe to Grow Boat Business

Nestled right in Isabella County’s backyard in Alma sits Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing, producers of “the finest USA-manufactured pontoon boats.” A vertically integrated builder, it makes everything on its boats – from the pontoons and framing to the furniture....

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More About STTF Funds

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! was awarded nearly $2.2 million to fund training for 49 employers in the region in 2018 through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). Seven employers in Gratiot and Isabella counties were awarded STTF grants totally $217,516: The...

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Collaboration Pays Off!

Bill’s Custom Fab, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant submitted an STTF grant application last fall but was denied due to the competitive nature of the grant process. Undeterred, the company continued to work with Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and submitted another form of grant...

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