Career Connect Newsletter: February 2023

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Career Connect Newsletter

February 2023

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, Service Coordinators, a Student Assistant and more!

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

Explore Vocational Rehabilitation Services

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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Explore Career Pathways During Career & Technical Education Month

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month! CTE offers college students hands-on training that can be applied to real-world training and career pathways. This month, explore the variety of programs across the state that prepare you for successful career entry, advancement and/or continuing education.

In 2022, approximately 113,821 postsecondary students either enrolled in CTE courses and/or declared a CTE program of study leading to a credential, certificate, and/or associate degree.

Colleges and some universities across Michigan offer CTE programs that are aligned with in-demand, high-wage careers in fields such as information technology, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and more.

If you’re interested in exploring career options, training, wages and projected openings, visit Pathfinder, Michigan’s free online career exploration tool, at

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Priority Service for Michigan Veterans

The Michigan Veterans' Employment Services (VES) team helps eligible veterans and their spouses secure meaningful employment. 

Veterans face many challenges when transitioning out of the military – finding meaningful employment should not be one of them.

The all veteran team operates out of Michigan Works! Service Centers located throughout the state and provides one-on-one customized assistance that helps reduce or eliminate barriers to employment.

If you or a loved one is a veteran looking for work, stop by your local Michigan Works! Service Center or go to for more information.

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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. 

Career Explorer

Find Your Dream Career With Career Explorer

Have a dream job in mind but not sure how to get there? Let Career Explorer help you!

Career Explorer leverages your professional experience to find you personalized training and educational programs to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

The tool will also use current local labor market and training information to help you identify training and employment opportunities.

You can access the free tool from your Pure Michigan Talent Connect ( job seeker account. Don't have one? Create a free account at!

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Ready for a New Job This Year? Michigan Works! Can Help!

Did you know you can receive support with your job hunt at your local Michigan Works! Service Center?

Local service centers offer a variety of resources including resume assistance, interview coaching, job search guidance, training opportunities, and much more.

Representatives at your local service center can also enroll you in any support programs you may qualify for.

Find your local Michigan Works! Service Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center, at or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.

DNR now hiring

Work in the Great Michigan Outdoors This Summer

Know someone who might be looking for work this summer? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has seasonal park worker positions at Michigan state parks for the spring and summer seasons.

These are great positions for college students, retirees or those that love to work in the outdoors. Positions start at $15 per hour. The department is also hiring seasonal park rangers!

Learn more and explore job openings at

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:

Summer Employment Fair (in-person event)
Feb. 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Northern Michigan University Northern Center
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855 

State of Michigan Virtual Job Fair
Feb. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Advance Employment, Employer of the Day (in-person event)
Feb. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Capital Area Michigan Works! 
2110 S Cedar St, Lansing, MI 48910

AeroMotion On the Spot Interviews (in-person event)
Feb. 28, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!
312 E Genesee Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607

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