Career Connect Newsletter: June 2022

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Career Connect Newsletter

June 2022

Vocational Rehabilitation Services to Get You Back to Work

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.

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You May Be Eligible for Tuition-Free College!

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

Reconnect has already helped thousands of students, including Deanna Madewell, go back to school. Deanna is among 97,000 Michiganders accepted into Michigan Reconnect since its launch in February 2021. Learn more about the program, including how to apply at

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June is Youth Employment Month!

To highlight the importance of early career opportunities for Michiganders, Gov. Whitmer proclaimed June as Youth Employment Month

If you're looking for seasonal opportunities, there are a variety of vocational rehabilitation services available through Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) – which include MRS Pre-Employment Transition ServicesMRS Young Adult ServicesBSBP Pre-Employment Transition Services and BSBP Youth Low Vision Services – geared toward providing equal opportunities for career-based exploration, training and employment. 

Additionally, you can explore other resources to help you find and prepare for summer employment at

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Take Advantage of a MI Home Loan

Take advantage of National Homeownership Month and apply for the MI Home Loan program, available in 236 zip codes. 

The program is a mortgage product that is available to first-time homebuyers state-wide and repeat homebuyers in targeted areas. All homebuyers work directly with a participating lender.

If you have not owned a home in the previous three years, meet the income limit and the credit score requirements, you could receive up to $10,000 in down payment assistance! 

To find out more about eligibility and other requirements, go to

Employees wanted

Looking for a Job? 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 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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Get Job Ready in Six Months with a Google Career Certificate Scholarship!

Scholarships for the new Google Career Certificates are now available, and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training is excited to help bring these scholarships to our state.

The Google Career Certificate program can help you get on the fast track to a competitively paid job in a high-growth field. You don’t need relevant experience or a degree to complete this flexible, online job training. Just put the skills, passion, and ambition you already have to work.

  • Explore what the program has to offer at Learn more about how the Google Career Certificates work to put you on the path to in-demand jobs.
  • Learn how you can earn a Google Career Certificate for FREE by contacting your local Michigan Works! office at

Designed by Google, this self-paced, online training program can prepare you for careers in the high-growth fields of project management, user experience (UX) design, data analytics, and IT support. And with under 10 hours spent studying a week, you can be prepped for a new career in under six months!

There are over 1.27 million job openings across Certificate fields and the demand is growing. Earn a credential and stand out to employers with a Google Career Certificate.

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Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month

Gov. Whitmer proclaimed June as Immigrant Heritage Month in Michigan, and the state joins a nationwide effort to collectively celebrate the history, culture and powerful influence immigrants have in shaping our communities and strengthening our economy.

Michigan's more than 678,000 immigrants bring with them talent and an entrepreneurial spirit that has shaped Michigan’s rich and diverse communities for centuries.

In addition to their rich cultural contributions, immigrants offer innovative ideas and create and fill in-demand jobs in Michigan. The top occupations in Michigan with the highest number of foreign-born workers are software developers, agricultural workers, physicians, physical therapists and postsecondary teachers.

Learn more about the month-long celebration at

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Visit 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 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.

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:

Flint Multi-Employer Job Fair (in-person event)
(June 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Flint Service Center – 711 N. Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48503

Technical Careers Hiring Fair (in-person event)
(June 21, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Lansing Community College West Campus – 5708 Cornerstone Dr, Lansing, MI 48917

Patient Attendant Virtual Hiring Event
(June 22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Sales Hiring Event (in-person event)
(June 23, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Embassy Suites – 19525 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152

SEMCA Michigan Works! Virtual Job Fair 
(June 29, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Metro Detroit Career Expo (in-person event)
(June 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Best Western Premier Hotel – 26555 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI 48033

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