Career Connect Newsletter: April 2023

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Career Connect Newsletter

April 2023

Reconnect Female Student

Find Out How You Can Qualify For Tuition-Free College

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

Reconnect pays the remaining balance of in-district tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied. 

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. 

April is Second Chance Month

Redemption and second chances are American values and, for the estimated 65 million Americans who have a criminal record, a second chance can make a huge difference.

Unfortunately, returning citizens face significant barriers such as the inability to find housing, employment or education, and pay for debt that arises as a result of their incarceration.

These barriers can contribute to recidivism, which decreases public safety. With the help of the Clean Slate bills, returning citizens can get a second chance.

The Clean Slate bills make hundreds of thousands of Michiganders eligible for records expungement, expanding their opportunities for jobs and housing, and giving them a true second chance.

If you or a loved one believe you can benefit from the Clean Slate bills, visit your local Michigan Works! Service Center for assistance. Find the nearest location at

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Highlighting Resources During Autism Acceptance Month

To foster acceptance and inspire Michiganders to work together to create a more welcoming and inclusive state for all, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Departments of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), Education (MDE), Health and Human Services (DHHS) 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, per recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance estimates.

LEO, MDE, MDHHS, Autism Alliance of Michigan and many other community providers across the state have resources for individuals with autism, ranging from identification and diagnosis, to support, training and intervention.

Discover the mission and resources of Autism Alliance of Michigan by visiting Explore the vocational rehabilitation services provided to people with autism by Michigan Rehabilitation Services, within LEO’s Office of Employment and Training, by visiting You can also learn more about how MDE and MDHHS support individuals with autism by visiting MDE’s Special Education website or

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Map Your Future with Pathfinder

Are you looking for help in making informed career decisions?

Use Pathfinder, Michigan’s free, online career exploration tool that allows you to explore in-demand careers and the degrees or credentials needed to pursue them.

The free tool – found at – helps you create roadmaps by comparing different careers, fields, programs and schools. Create at least two roadmaps to compare the different outcomes and find the best fit for you!

Get started at!

Housing Choice Voucher program graphic with house

Rent Payment Support is Available

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal program that provides rent subsidies for very low income people who find their own housing in private homes and apartment buildings.

The program, administered through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, is available to approximately 28,000 individuals. 

For more information about qualifications and how to apply, please visit the program website.

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Search Postsecondary Schools in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is excited to announce the availability of a new Public Search page that allows the general public to search the entire list of postsecondary schools by license type, in-state, out-of-state, accredited, non-accredited, licensed schools, schools with expired licenses, schools by county or city, and by school programs, as well as by word match. 

The search tool can be accessed at in the Announcements section, or directly through the Postsecondary License Search tool.

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, Rehabilitation Consultant, Resident Care Aide, and much 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 Help Finding a Job At Your Michigan Works!

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.

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:

Williams International Engineering Job Fair (in-person event)
April 19, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Williams International
2000 Centerpoint Pkwy, Pontiac, MI 48341

State of Michigan Virtual Job Fair
April 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Novi Career Expo 
April 19, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (virtual)
April 20, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (in-person)
Novi Civic Center
45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Dreamers Healthcare Staffing Hiring Event (in-person event)
April 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Michigan Works! Wayne American Job Center
35731 W Michigan Ave, Wayne, MI 48184

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