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Utility Gas Worker Fundamentals Training Program
Oakland Community College (OCC) has partnered with Consumers Energy to offer the Utility Gas Worker Fundamentals Program. It is a six-week program developed to prepare students for entry level employment with the Energy Industry. Register to attend an information session via Eventbrite or call 248-232-4182.

Information Sessions at OCC Auburn Hills Campus, M-TEC Building:
Wednesday January 14, 2015
10 am - 11 am or 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday January 15, 2015
10 am - 11 am or 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



Career Assistance Program (CAP)
Are you searching for full-time employment? Or stalled in your job search? Troy Michigan Works can help! Career Advisors are available to assist you through the Career Assistance Program. Contact us today to jumpstart your path to success.



Michigan Top 50 Jobs
This report highlights favorable long-term careers with high growth potential, solid numbers of annual job openings and good wages. Additional occupational forecasts and research are available in Michigan's Online Job Demand, a publication from Michigan's Labor Market Information website. 



Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Program
Manufacturing sectors and technology industries are experiencing a shortage of employees with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to operate and maintain new systems-based technology. The MAT²® program is an educational model developed in conjunction with global technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce. Visit the Pure Michigan Talent Connect for more information.



Community Ventures (CV)
Community Ventures (CV) is an innovative economic development initiative that promotes employment and social enterprise in the state’s most distressed urban areas. Coordinated by Michigan Economic Development Corporation, this initiative helps structurally unemployed individuals pursue career opportunities at Michigan companies in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Pontiac. Click here for more information.



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



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.



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!



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.



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

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
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