Career Connect Newsletter: January 2022

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Career Connect Newsletter

January 2022

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Troubleshooting Your Housing Needs

If you're experiencing housing insecurity due to the pandemic, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has a Housing Education Program that may be able to help you.

The program partners with 35 Housing Counseling Agencies throughout the state to deliver counseling and educational classes in homebuyer education, pre-purchase individual counseling, foreclosure individual counseling, financial capabilities group education, rental housing education and counseling, disaster relief housing counseling, and homeless individual counseling.

You can search for local resources through the Housing Education Agency Locator and find the resource that fits your needs.

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. the Michigan Community Service Commission is supporting 27 volunteer projects that address community needs across the state.

The projects will engage more than 1,500 volunteers on addressing needs such as the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity and projects supporting youth, seniors and veterans. The Michigan Community Service Commission believes that volunteer involvement is key to overcoming and building thriving communities. 

If you're interested in volunteering, visit for more information.

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January is Braille Literacy Month 

The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) supports Braille Literacy all year long by teaching Braille as a core class at the BSBP Training Center. During the month of January, BSBP is collaborating with other agencies in the Braille Challenge and participating with libraries across the state in the Braille Enhanced Storywalk. 

To celebrate Braille Literacy Month, the Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) set up a “Write Your Name in Braille” activity in the rotunda of the Michigan Library & Historical Center. The display highlights the importance of braille and encourages visitors to write their name in braille. You can find similar displays at public libraries throughout the state. 

Make sure to follow the Braille and Talking Book Library on Facebook to see other celebrations taking place throughout the month.

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Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) provides job seekers short-term education and training opportunities to provide a pathway to high- wage employment and career opportunities.

Participants will receive individualized competency-based assessments and learning plans that may include skills assessments, remote learning opportunities, high school completion, contextual learning opportunities and industry-recognized credential attainment.

Go to to see how this program can help you.

Vocational Rehabilitation Resources

Did you know you can opt-in to receive important information from the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) and Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) when you create an account on Pure Michigan Talent Connect?

Persons with disabilities can also use the Pure Michigan Talent Connect Advanced Job Search feature to identify opportunities that interest you. Visit, begin an Advanced Search, and be sure to select the People with Disabilities option under Job Characteristics.

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Michigan Reconnect Can Help You Go Back To School

Going back to college and continuing your education has never been easier than now, thanks in large part to the benefits the Michigan Reconnect program provides. FREE tuition at your in-district community college is just the boost you need to get started.

The benefits of taking advantage of the program to obtain your degree will undoubtedly pay off in the long run. Seventy-five percent of jobs in Michigan require an education beyond high school, and people with at least a two-year degree make $7,500 more per year on average.

Find out more 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  Rehabilitation Counselors, Departmental Analysts, Rehabilitation Assistants 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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Need Help With Your Job Search? Visit 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 variety 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:

Kraft Heinz Hiring Event (in-person event)
(January 26, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Kraft Heinz Holland – 431 W 16th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Catering Dining Virtual Hiring Event
(January 26, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Bandit Industries Hiring Event (in-person event) 
(January 10, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works – 5889 E Broadway Rd, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

West Washtenaw County Manufacturing Virtual Hiring Event
(January 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Midwest Substitutes Hiring Event (in-person event)
(January 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Livonia Michigan Works – 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 

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