Career Connect Newsletter: October 2021

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Career Connect Newsletter

October  2021

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Check Out Your Local Michigan Works! 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.

Employees wanted

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 Specialists, Financial Analyst, Rehabilitation Counselors, Secretaries 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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It's Careers in Energy Week!

All week long, the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC) will be hosting career exploration events and virtual job fairs promoting the variety of jobs available in the Energy field.

If you want to be part of the future of the energy industry or are looking for high-paying, in-demand careers, then the energy industry is for you. Those interested in a career in the STEM field are also encouraged to check out this week's events. 

Click here to see the list of events.

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Other Benefits for Those Receiving Food Assistance

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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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

Investing in Abilities Month

October is Investing in Abilities Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Governor Whitmer proclaimed October as Investing in Abilities Month. For more than 20 years, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) along with public and private organizations have promoted Investing in Abilities Month to shatter stereotypes and support recognition of all Michiganders as skilled employees. October is also celebrated nationally by the U.S. Department of Labor as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Both efforts are to promote what can be achieved when employers rightfully recognize persons with disabilities as resourceful employees. In 2020 alone, MRS supported more than 800 businesses with technical guidance and services in hiring and supporting employees with disabilities. They also helped nearly 5,000 residents exit vocational rehabilitation services due to gaining employment.

For more information and to see if you qualify for MRS’s services, go to

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Find Your Path on Pathfinder!

Are you looking for help in making informed career decisions? Check out the recently updated Pathfinder, Michigan’s online career exploration tool that allows you to explore in-demand careers and the degrees or credentials needed to pursue them.

If you’ve used Pathfinder before – found at – come and check out its enhancements; including new filter features when exploring jobs, fields and schools and the ability to choose multiple paths and compare them with each other.

For brand new users, come and have a tailored career exploration experience that will provide you with a complete training path picture when a career goal is chosen.

Get started at!

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National Apprenticeship Week

The seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from November 15-21, 2021. 

Registered Apprenticeships offer a chance to learn through on-the-job training. It’s like getting paid to receive industry-recognize credentials!

Registered Apprenticeships combine classroom studies with extensive on-the-job training overseen by a journey level craftsperson or trade professional. Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their lifetime compared with peers who don’t.

Apprenticeships can be found in all industries, from traditional sectors like Construction and Manufacturing to emerging sectors like Energy, Health Care, and Information Technology. For more information about Registered Apprenticeships, go to

Pure Michigan Talent Connect Career Events Calendar

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:

Catering and Dining Virtual Hiring Event
(October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Custodian Virtual Hiring Event
(October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

West Michigan Works! October Virtual Job Fair
(October 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Flint Job Fair (in-person event)
GST Michigan Works! Flint Service Center - 711 N Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48503
(October 26, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Metro Detroit Career Expo (in-person event)
Best Western Premier Hotel – 26555 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI 48033
(October 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Northern Michigan University Fall Semester Job Fair (in-person event)
Northern Center Ballrooms – 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
(October 27, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

SEMCA MI Works! Virtual Job Fair
(October 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) 

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