Career Connect Newsletter: November 2022

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Career Connect Newsletter

November 2022

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 a Human Resources Developer, Michigan Career and Technical Institute Instructors, Rehabilitation Counselors, student assistant 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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It's Not Too Late to Explore the Back to Michigan Virtual Events

This fall, six regions around the state are hosting, Back To Michigan, a series of virtual and in-person networking events where job seekers can speak directly with hiring employers.

If you’re a former Michigander looking to make your holiday visits more permanent or are considering a relocation to Michigan, the Back to Michigan events will help you connect directly with employers to learn about job opportunities across the state. All Back to Michigan events are free to job seekers.

Learn more and register at

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November is National Veterans & Military Families Month

National Veteran and Military Families Month is a time to honor the sacrifices members of the armed services and their families make every day. The dedicated team of veterans at Veterans’ Employment Services (VES) is on hand all year long to help eligible veterans and their spouses reach their employment goals.

VES staff operate out of Michigan Works! Service Centers throughout the state and provide personalized services to veterans. Learn more about what they do and find out how you or a loved one can receive services at

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Tuition Free College With Michigan Reconnect

Michigan Reconnect offers Michiganders 25 years or older with a high school diploma a low-cost path to a college education.

The program 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. 

If you’ve been thinking about starting or returning to college to prepare for a secure and rewarding career, now’s the time. Go to for more information. 

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Stop By 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.

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Expanded Child Care Program Can Help You Reduce Costs

One of the biggest barriers for people looking to rejoin the workforce is the cost of child care. If that's the case for you, Tri-Share can help! 

Through MI Tri-Share, the cost of an employee's child care is shared equally among the employer, the employee and the State of Michigan — a three-way split — with coordination being provided regionally by a MI Tri-Share facilitator hub.

The average Michigander spends about $1,100 a month in child care. When enrolled in this program, they can pay a third of that, allowing parents to get back to work knowing that their kids are safe, cared for and have the opportunity to succeed. 

Tri-Share, which began about 18 months ago, has expanded to cover 59 Michigan counties and the city of Detroit. For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements, please go to

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National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week was celebrated Nov. 14-20 to highlight Registered Apprenticeships are viable alternatives to a traditional college path. Registered Apprenticeships allow job seekers to learn on the job while earning a nationally recognized credential. 

And the best part? 92% of apprentices retain employment after completing a Registered Apprenticeship program, with an average starting salary of $70,000 per year upon completion. Learn more about apprenticeships in Michigan at

Vocational Rehabilitation Resources to Help You Get 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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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:

Experience for Hire (in-person event)
Nov. 22, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Capital Area Michigan Works! – 2110 S Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48910

Kroger Delivery Job Fair (in-person event)
Nov. 29, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Michigan Works! Wayne American Job Center – 35731 W Michigan Ave, Wayne, MI 48184

UPS Hiring Event (in-person event)
Dec. 13, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Livonia Michigan Works! – 30246 Plymouth Road, Livonia, MI 48150

State of Michigan Virtual Career Fair
Dec. 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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