TRAVERSE CITY — This month, NMC became the first college in Michigan and the fifth in the nation to offer students the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program (JMG), a partnership with Northwest Michigan Works! and Networks Northwest.

Under JMG, NMC students between ages 16–24 are eligible to connect with Employment Readiness Specialist Lisa Baldyga to match with student mentors in their field, get paid work experience or job shadowing opportunities and internships and other beneficial career opportunities. These services are over and above the resume and cover letter review and interview skills that NMC Career Services already offers.

The program helps set up students for initial career success. Financial assistance with job equipment such as tools or work boots, uniforms, bus passes or gas cards for transportation to work is also available.

JMG participants can also take part in legislative and leadership days with the state and talent tours with local businesses, which help create a sense of belonging to NMC programs and the greater community.

JMG and career resources will also be developed for Moodle, NMC’s online course management system, that students can access for employment assistance.

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates equips young people with the skills to overcome barriers and succeed in education, employment, and in life. It is the leading program of Youth Solutions, Inc., a youth opportunity organization delivering employability and education services to young people across the state.

“We expect that the opportunities, mentorship, guidance, and community created by this program will greatly increase the ability for participating students to successfully earn their college degrees and move on to sustainable careers in their field of interest,” said Kim Bordeau, Manager of Program Success-North, Youth Solutions.

In addition to the new program at NMC, Northwest Michigan Works! coordinates JMG programs at Cadillac’s Mackinaw Trail Middle School, Cadillac Public and Innovation High Schools, CASMAN Academy in Manistee, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, the North Ed Career-Tech Center, the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center, and drop out recovery programs in Cadillac, Kalkaska, Manistee and Traverse City.

Northwest Michigan Works! is a state-supported workforce development agency serving job seekers and employers in a 10-county region.

Founded in 1974, Networks Northwest facilitates and manages various programs and services for the 10-county region. These programs include Northwest Michigan Works, Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, various business services, and many different regional planning initiatives in response to our communities’ requests and needs.

Release date: November 18, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Associate Vice President of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019


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