Code ReConnect: .NET
Are you seeking employment in a high-growth industry but lack the skills and credentials needed for the job? Code ReConnect is a technical training program designed to provide participants with high-level training to place them on a path to career success. Automation Alley, Kelly Services, Oakland County Michigan Works!, and Oakland Community College are partnering to offer this program.

Individuals interested in participating in the program must attend the March 19, 2014 information session from 3 pm - 5 pm. To register, visit the Automation Alley website.

Employment & Financial Coaching from the Centers for Working Families (CWF)
Lighthouse of Oakland County is offering an opportunity to hear about the services that Centers for Working Families (CWF) can provide regarding employment, credit repair, budgeting and more.  Sign up to attend their orientation today! Registration is required.  To register call Tanya Howze at 1-248-920-6000 x2245 or contact via email to thowze@lighthouseoakland.org

Lighthouse of Oakland County
45156 Woodward Ave
Pontiac, MI
*Door C

Recapture Detroit is about bringing the community together to show the people of Detroit, the nation and the world that Detroit is strong and the people are proud. To show this, 2 groups have joined forces for the good of many, Revolution Flag Group and Suits for Soldiers. Together they will take on projects and landmarks that have been forgotten and bring them back to life.

For 13 years the American flags of Hart Plaza have been absent. There sits 20 poles without flags!! Revolution Flag Group and Suits for Soldiers would like to change this. These two organizations not only want the flags to fly again, but to illuminate them to show the once fading light of Detroit’s future is once again bright with possibilities. Individuals and businesses can contribute by being a sponsor for this veteran dedicated project. For more information or to become a sponsor, visit www.recapturedetroit.com

Are you a month or more behind in your mortgage or know someone who is?
Oakland County’s Community & Home Improvement, a division of Economic Development & Community Affairs, has been helping residents with their housing needs for more than 30 years. Its counselors are certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Michigan State Housing Department Authority.  They provide FREE counseling on housing matters like Preventing Mortgage Default, Reverse Mortgages for Seniors, Tenant/Landlord Issues, and Fair Housing Practices.

If you are behind in your mortgage, help is available NOW to keep most families in their homes.  Contact Oakland County’s Community & Home Improvement Division at 248-858-1891 for a confidential appointment.  There is no charge or fee for this service. Oakland County certified housing counselors will find the right solution for your individual circumstances.

Oakland Community College Mechatronics Program
Oakland Community College is offering a new credit technical program for Mechatronics to train technicians in the multiple skills required in advanced manufacturing begining September 2013. To learn more, or participate in a information session call 1-248-232-4000 or emailĀ wfdev@oaklandcc.edu.

Suits for Soldiers, Inc.
Suits for Soldiers, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation providing services to help Veterans and their families. Services include assistance with clothing, IT training, mentoring, VA education benefits, education counseling, housing, resume help, and job search. They are always looking for volunteers and donations to help provide more services across the country Visit their website and see how you can help today!

The Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation is supporting our nation's defenders by providing a FREE SUIT to qualifying veterans and service members through this national promotion with the help of Jos. A. Bank. This promotion is to support veterans as they enter the civilian work force. The suits will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The expiration for this promotion is November 11, 2013 so submit your information today!

Oakland County's Medical Main Street INNO-VENTION 2013
Oakland County's Medical Main Street is hosting INNO-VENTION 2013 on November 6 - 8, 2013. This event will focus on how information technology is fueling changes in health care and its impact on the next generation of medical devices. There will be numerous topics including mobile applications, cyber security, health care informatics, a commercialization competition and many others! For more information and to register, please visit: https://events.esd.org/INNOVENTION2013.aspx

Comcast & USDOL Partnership: Internet Essentials Program
Comcast has issued a press release indicating how they have partnered with the USDOL and Connect2Compete to offer an initiative program for low-income Americans. Families are eligible to participate in the Internet Essentials Program if they live where Comcast offers Internet service; have at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced school lunches through the NSLP; have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.  For those families that find they do have overdue back balance, they will work with them in a variety of ways to help make them eligible. Program highlights include:
- Fast home Internet for just $9.95 a month + tax
-No price increases, no activtion fees, or equipment rental fees
-An optional low-cost computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax
-Access to free Internet training - online, in print, and in classroom

For more information, please visit the Internet Essentials website.

Production Operator Certificate Program
Macomb Community College’s production operator certificate program will provide students with skills needed to work as a production operator in the manufacturing field.  The production operator certificate program includes an entry level understanding of skills in computers, teamwork, communications and manufacturing safety. Students will also be introduced to basic electrical, computer control, mechanical systems, and fluid power fundamentals to understand basic skills within a manufacturing environment.  Students who have successfully completed the program will take the four Manufacturing Skill Standards Council assessments which will provide them with a nationally recognized certification as a Certified Production Technician (CPT).

The production operator certificate program, which is tuition free to qualified students, is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor grant, with priority given to unemployed veterans and displaced workers. 

For more information about the program, contact Macomb Community College/Workforce & Continuing Education at 1-586-498-4100 or www.macomb.edu/wdi.

Michigan Shifting Code Program
Michigan Shifting Code is a career transition program designed to address critical workforce shortage areas related to computer programming and other demand occupations which are considered key to helping sustain and grow Michigan’s emerging IT industry. Each Shifting Code project is determined by local market conditions and designed to quickly respond to demand from regional employers with similar program language/staffing needs by customizing training solutions that can be targeted at unemployed or underemployed technical talent or those seeking to transition to high-demand software programming occupations. If you would like to be notified about upcoming Shifting Code opportunities, visit the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website.

Skilled Trades are in High Demand (MiTradeSchool.org)
Oakland County has launched a new MiTradeSchool.org website for the manufacturing industry to increase the chances of job seekers on finding a good paying and rewarding job by pursuing a career in skilled trades. The website has 3 components to it:
-Descriptions of occupations in the skilled trades including job requirements, training needed, and annual salary.
-List of training programs (by occupation) to learn a skilled trade.
-Links to the State and Federal Job Portal to see jobs available in skilled trades.

Check out the website to begin your journey in skilled trades today!

Free Microsoft Computer Training at ORT
Opportunity through Retraining and Technology (ORT) is offering a free 12-week course (two 3-hour sessions per week) in Microsoft Office to unemployed and under-employed residents of metro Detroit. Upon graduation, participants will receive a certificate attesting to full proficiency in Microsoft Office. Enroll now!

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L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive
Oakland County Workforce Development Board
Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan

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