Career Connect Newsletter: September 2021

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Career Connect Newsletter

September  2021

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Registered Apprenticeships – Debt-Free Education

Registered Apprenticeships are the debt-free education pathway that most people don’t know about. Registered Apprenticeships provide you with on-the-job training that leads to industry-recognized certificates. It’s like getting paid to learn!

You can find Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of industries, including public safety, healthcare, manufacturing and many more. With more than 1,000 Registered Apprenticeship programs available, you’re sure to find one for you! Get started at

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Job Seekers: Join LEO's Team!

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is actively hiring for several positions – these are jobs that support Michiganders!

Current opportunities include Departmental Analysts, Rehabilitation Councilors, Veterans' Career Advisor, a Student Assistant and more!

If you're passionate about supporting our state's residents and businesses, explore State of Michigan job openings today!

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Find Your Path on Pathfinder

Wondering which career is right for you? Use the recently revamped Pathfinder to compare career paths.

The updated site allows you to compare different career paths and schools to find the options that work best for you. 

Pathfinder utilizes state-specific education and occupation data, helping you make informed decisions.

Don't wait, find your path at!

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Hispanic Heritage Month!

Governor Whitmer declared September as Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Michiganders. Accounting for 5.6% of the state's population, this is the largest minority group in the nation.

Hispanic and Latinx Americans have contributed significantly to our communities, culture, government and economy over the generations.

The Office of Global Michigan also recently celebrated National Welcoming Week from September 10-19, to highlight the importance of bringing together neighbors from all backgrounds to build strong connections and achieve collective prosperity. 

Learn more about the Office of Global Michigan and the work they do to support Michigan's immigrant and refugee populations at

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Receiving Food Assistance? Then You May Qualify for Other Benefits!

Job seekers between ages 18 and 59 who receives food assistance benefits may qualify for the Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAE&T) program.

FAE&T offers a variety of personalized services to help participants find and keep a good job, including employment and training activities and help with supportive services.

FAE&T is currently available in 27 Michigan counties via the Michigan Works! one-stop service centers. Contact your local Michigan Works! service center to see if you qualify.

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Michigan Reconnect: Tuition-Free College

If you’re thinking about starting or returning to college to prepare for a secure and rewarding career, now’s the time. Michigan Reconnect is a new scholarship program for eligible adults 25 years and older who want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate.

Michigan Reconnect pays the remaining balance of in-district tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied. Students who attend out-of-district community colleges will receive a large tuition discount.

Returning to school is a big decision. But this is the right time to do it. Find application and additional program information at

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Veterans' Employment Services

Veterans’ Employment Services provides personalized services to help eligible Michigan Veterans and their spouses meet their employment needs.

If you or someone you know is a Veteran, let our team of dedicated Veterans help you at

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Have You Visited Your Local Michigan Works! Local Service Center?

If you’re looking for in-person support to help you on your job seeking journey, check out your local Michigan Works! Service Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center. Local service centers offer a lot of resources to help you meet your employment goals.

Services include resume assistance, interview coaching, job search guidance, training opportunities, and for certain qualified individuals, assistance with support services including assistance paying for job-related costs.

Find your local Michigan Works! Service Center at or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.

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Virtual & In-Person Job Fairs: Approved work search activities

Did you know participating in a virtual job fair can serve as an approved work search activity for unemployment benefits claimants?

A schedule of upcoming virtual and in-person job fairs is available on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect Career Events Calendar. Among the upcoming events:

Saginaw Public Schools Single Company Job Fair (in-person event)
312 E Genesee Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607
(August 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Harrison Township Job Fair (in-person event)
Total Sports – 40501 Production Dr., Harrison Township, MI 48045
(August 27, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

SEMCA Mi Works! Virtual Job Fair  
(August 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Patient Attendant Virtual Hiring Event 
(August 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Zippy Auto Wash – Virtual Hiring Event 
(August 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Metro Detroit Career Expo (in-person event)
Best Western Premier Hotel – 26555 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, MI 48033
(August 29, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Construction Management and Technology Career Fair (in-person event)
Jacobetti Complex – 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
(August 30, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Be sure to check often for the latest job and career events.