Career Connect Newsletter: April 2022

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Career Connect Newsletter

April 2022

Get Connected to Vocational Rehabilitation Resources

Did you know you can receive personalized vocational rehabilitation services to help you meeting your employment goals through the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) and Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)? 

You can also opt-in to receive important information from BSBP and 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.

Tuition Assistance Helps Michiganders Pursue Dream Careers

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

Michigan Reconnect pays the cost of in-district tuition for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate at any of Michigan’s public community colleges, including its three tribal colleges.

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

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Autism Acceptance Month

To spotlight and celebrate the many ways individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder enrich our world, and to foster acceptance and inspire Michiganders to work together to create a more welcoming and inclusive state for all, Governor Whitmer joined the Michigan Departments of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), Education (MDE), Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Autism Alliance of Michigan to proclaim April as Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting more than five million people. 

Symptoms and characteristics of Autism can vary significantly from one individual to the next and may result in significant, lifelong challenges in areas of learning, social-interactive behaviors and understanding verbal as well as nonverbal communication. 

Michigan Rehabilitation Services is proud to provide individualized support services for individuals with Autism to help them achieve their employment goals. Find out more about what they do and connect with your local office at 

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Helping Workers Get Their Lives Back on Track

"TAA was a blessing to get my life back," said Denise. 

Denise received classroom training and case management services through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program when she was laid off indefinitely. 

TAA also helped pay for her scrubs for work and even paid for her mileage. 

TAA is a federal program that assists workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The program provides adversely-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources and support necessary to become reemployed. 

Watch more of Denise's story here or go to to see how TAA can help you.

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Get Connected to In-Person Help

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

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

Homeowners Assistance Fund

Behind on Your Home Payment? MIHAF Can Help!

If you’re behind on your mortgage, land contract, property taxes, or utilities due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF). The grant may be used to pay:

  • Delinquent mortgage/housing expenses, including property tax and insurance escrow shortages
  • Delinquent land contract payments, mobile home consumer loan payments or mobile home park lot payments
  • Delinquent property taxes
  • Delinquent condominium/homeowners' association fees
  • Delinquent homeowner's insurance,
  • Delinquent utilities, gas, electric, water, sewer
  • Delinquent internet broadband services

Go to for more information.

LEO 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 Pre-ETS Rehabilitation Counselor, a Regional Program Director,  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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Short-Term Training Opportunities Available

The 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 tests, remote learning opportunities, high school completion, contextual learning opportunities and industry-recognized credential attainment.

Go to to see how this program can help you.

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:

Direct Support Professional Hiring Event (in-person event)
(April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Michigan Works! Manistee – 400 River St., Manistee, MI 49660

FHI Warehouse Hiring Event (in-person event)
(April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
FHI - Inside Meijer Distribution Center – 6529 W Mount Hope Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917

Macomb Community College Job Fair (in-person event)
(April 26, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center – 14500 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48088

SEMCA Michigan Works! Multi-Employer Virtual Job Fair
(April 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Hired in Michigan Job Expo (in-person event)
(April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Marriot Hotel – 3600 Centerpoint Pkwy, Pontiac, MI 48341

St. Clair County Community College Career Fair (in-person event)
(April 28, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
St. Clair County Community College Fieldhouse – 323 Erie St, Port Huron, MI 48060

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