Career Connect Newsletter: April 2021

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Career Connect Newsletter

April  2021

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With Michigan Reconnect, it’s never too late

Increasingly, the majority of Michigan jobs will require education beyond high school. Michigan’s Reconnect program can help you open new doors and reawaken your dreams of earning a degree – tuition-free at an in-district community college.

Visit Reconnect to see if you’re eligible for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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Financial Fitness in Oakland County

Oakland County Michigan Works! has launched a new initiative, Financial Fitness, a series of virtual financial wellness workshops to help people address a variety of challenges and seize financial opportunities.

Visit Oakland County’s website to learn more.

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It’s National Welding Month

A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in locations around the world. Many welders are highly skilled problem-solvers working in the aerospace, automotive, electronics, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas and ship-building industries. To learn more, watch this video: A Day in the Life of a Welder.

Learn more about the welding career path at

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Learn More, Earn More

Michigan has more than 100 approved education programs help adults improve their reading, writing and math skills. These programs provide a range of free or low-cost services designed to prepare you to earn an adult high school diploma or its equivalent.

To find a program near you, check out the Adult Education Services Locator – it’s free and easy to use!

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Your next job awaits!

Looking for a new job? Check out Pure Michigan Talent Connect – – where there are more than 83,000 available jobs listed.

Use the Advance Search feature to find jobs by title, industry or location. Looking for remote or virtual work? Those opportunities are listed as well.

Your next, new or second job awaits – find it on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.

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Clean Slate Pilot Program

Michiganders can now get help with expunging eligible convictions from their criminal record to aid them in their pursuit of full-time employment thanks to the new Clean Slate Pilot program.

Setting aside a conviction, sometimes called expungement of criminal records, will remove a specific conviction from a public criminal record. If returning citizens get an order setting aside their conviction, they can legally state on any job or school application that they have never been convicted of or arrested for that crime.

These services are offered throughout the state by Michigan Works! agencies. Visit to find the service center nearest you.

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Career Exploration: Pathfinder

Students, their parents and school counselors are encouraged to check out the Michigan Career and Education Pathfinder site to explore careers and identify educational opportunities throughout the state. Pathfinder helps you make informed choices about educational and career options and plans to reach your goals.

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Career Exploration: Going PRO

There are great online resources available to help you identify and target high-wage, high-demand careers in Michigan.

The Going PRO in Michigan website offers Michiganders a platform to explore careers with more than 530,000 openings through 2028 in the fields of manufacturing, automotive, IT, healthcare and construction.

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Virtual Job Fair Schedule

Virtual job and career fairs are great opportunities to engage directly with employers who have immediate hiring needs. A schedule of upcoming virtual fairs is available on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect Career Events Calendar. Among the upcoming events:

Rite Aid Virtual Job Fair
(May 7, 9:00 a.m. - Noon)

Return North (U.P.) Virtual Careers Fair
(May 20, 3:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

Hired in Michigan Career Expo
(May 25, 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Educator Virtual Job Fair
(June 16, 9 a.m. - Noon)

Be sure to check often for the latest events throughout the state.