Career Connect Newsletter: March 2022

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Career Connect Newsletter

March 2022

Heather's TAA video

A Lifeline When It Was Most Needed

Heather lost her job when she was undergoing chemotherapy to treat her cancer. Fortunately, Heather got connected to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

TAA is a federal program that assists workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade.

TAA provides dislocated workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources and support necessary to become reemployed.

This includes job training, career counseling, wage supplements for older workers, job search and relocation allowances, and income support for workers in an approved training program. 

Watch this short video to see how TAA was able to help Heather get back to work.

And for more information about TAA, go to

workforce at work March podcast

A Conversation About Women in Construction

In honor of Women's History Month, Shemar Herron, Michigan Works! Southeast Executive Director sat down with Reatta Stroud, Community Engagement Representatives at Operating Engineers Local 324 to discuss women in construction. 

Listen to the podcast to discover how Reatta is connecting people to successful careers in the construction industry!

now hiring apples

March is National Food and Agriculture Month! 

Contributing more than 800,000 jobs and $104 billion annually, Michigan’s food and agriculture industry plays a crucial role in our state’s economy.

To honor and celebrate Michigan’s farmers, the diversity of products grown and processed in our state, and the partnerships that keep our food and agriculture industry thriving, Governor Whitmer has proclaimed March as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month.

If you're looking for a job, consider joining this critical industry that keeps Michigan fed. Explore agriculture jobs

Get Connected to Vocational Rehabilitation Resoures

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.

Michigan Reconnect Helps Michiganders

“With Michigan Reconnect, everything has been easy. I know that sounds simple but they take care of everything,” said Deanna Madewell.

Deanna is studying ultrasound sonography and is one of 1,903 students at Lansing Community College who have taken advantage of the program.

She is among 93,000 Michiganders accepted into Michigan Reconnect since its launch in February 2021 and one of 16,000 scholarship participants currently working towards a degree or skills certificate through the program. Read Deanna's story here


Looking for the Next Steps in Your Career?

Are you interested in serving your community? Would you like to work with students and promote college access? Join Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) for a virtual information session on April 11 from 12-1 p.m. where you can learn more about AmeriCorps service opportunities at MCAN.

MCAN is recruiting individuals who are: 

  • Looking for the next steps in their career
  • Interested in serving their community
  • Eager to work with students and promote college access and attainment

Service through AmeriCorps is a great way to gain skills, build a network, and earn money for continued education. In this virtual session, staff from MCAN's AdviseMI, College Completion Corps, and MI ECHO programs will share program details, benefits of AmeriCorps service, and current opportunities to serve.

Register for the informational session here

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 a Web Specialist, a Departmental Analyst, Rehabilitation Counselors and more!

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

Seasonal park workers

The Department of Natural Resources is Hiring!

Whether you want to earn some money while spending time in some of Michigan’s most beautiful destinations, keep busy in retirement or lay the foundation toward a career in natural resources, these positions may be right for you.

There are approximately 1,300 seasonal park worker positions available. These frontline staffers register campers, clean buildings, mow grass and more. In addition, more than 50 seasonal park rangers will be hired throughout the state. Park rangers helps carry out day-to-day operations and maintenance and other essential duties.

To learn about job opportunities at the Department of Natural Resources, visit

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:

Lansing Community College - Business and IT Virtual Job Fair
(March 23, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Lane Automotive On the Spot Hiring Event (in-person event)
(March 23, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Lane Automotive - 8300 Lane Dr, Watervliet, MI 49098

Accounting Virtual Hiring Event
(March 23, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Lansing Community College - Skilled Trades/Manufacturing Careers Virtual Job Fair
(March 24, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Thetford Virtual Hiring Event
(March 24, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Security Officer Hiring Event (in-person event)
(March 30, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Lange Security - 107 Water St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Hired In Michigan Job Expo (in-person event) 
(March 31, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Marriot Hotel – 17100 N Laurel Park Dr, Livonia, MI 48152

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