Career Connect Newsletter: November 2021

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Career Connect Newsletter

November  2021

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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

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Work Registration

Starting November 7, unemployed workers filing a new claim for benefits are required to register for work by creating an account on Pure Michigan Talent Connect and meeting with Michigan Works! staff, either in person or virtually.

Learn how to complete the Work Registration process by watching this short tutorial.

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National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week took place November 15-21. Throughout the week, we highlighted why Registered Apprenticeships are a viable alternative to a traditional college education. Apprentices who complete a Registered Apprenticeship program earn an average of $70,000 more per year than their peers who don’t. They are also more likely to maintain employment after completing a Registered Apprenticeship program.

If getting a chance to EARN while you LEARN sounds like a great idea, head to to see how you can get started.

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Back To Michigan

If you have friends or family who moved away and are coming back to Michigan for the holidays, have them consider making this a permanent stay! Michigan is a great state to work, live and play. To highlight this, several companies are hosting virtual (and in-person) job fairs and networking events throughout the holiday season.

Check out the events and connect with your future employer at

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, Rehabilitation Counselors 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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December is Career Exploration and Awareness Month

All month long, we’ll be celebrating the different ways to explore the many career and education pathways available in Michigan. If you’re ready to start exploring, head to

Pathfinder, Michigan’s online career exploration tool, allows you to explore in-demand career and the degrees or credentials needed to pursue them. Don’t wait, start exploring today!

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American Education Week

Last week, we celebrated American Education Week. This year marked the 100th celebration of the event, which highlights the power or public education and the heights that can be achieved when we all receive a quality education.

If you never finished receiving your GED or high school equivalent, this is the perfect time to go back to school!

With more than 100 FREE or low-cost Adult Education programs available at, you're sure to find one that fits your needs. Adult Education programs contribute to Michigan's Sixty By 30 educational attainment goal.  

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Stop In To Your Local One Stop 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:

Patient Attendant Virtual Hiring Event
(November 29, 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
(November 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Feblo International Hiring Event (in-person event)
Livonia Michigan Works! – 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150
(November 30, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Quality Metalcraft Recruitment Event (in-person event)
Livonia Michigan Works! – 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150
(November 30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

FHI Hiring Event (in-person event)
Country Inn and Suites – 6511 Centurion Dr, Lansing, MI 48917
(December 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Midwest substitutes Hiring Event (in-person event)
Livonia Michigan Works! – 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150
(December 2, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Brookdale Senior Living - Bay City (in-person event)
Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! Service Center – 4061 N Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI 48706  
(December 8, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) 

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