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Michigan Works Helps Increase Skills, Leading to Higher Wages


Steve H. was a general laborer/directional driller/locator looking to gain new skills for a higher paying position. He came into the Onaway Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium service center to apply for his seasonal unemployment from White Tail Drilling, where he had been working since 2015.


While at the Michigan Works office, Career Navigator Yolanda Romel discussed with Steve the services that Michigan Works offers, including class room training opportunities. Steve was interested in obtaining his CDL-A license for a while, but was unable to afford the classes.


Yolanda worked with Steve to complete the required paperwork and Steve was approved for training. After completing his CDL-A training over a few short weeks, Steve now reports that he was able to get a $5 an hour raise from his employer and he’ll now be seasonally laid off for less time every year! Quite happy with the assistance Michigan Works was able to provide, Steve even wrote a thank you note to Yolanda for all her help.

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