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  • Congratulations to Michigan Works! West Central, our May Member of the Month!

  • Michigan Works! West Central is part of the statewide Michigan Works! system serving employers and job seekers in Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties. We are part of the first state-unified workforce development system in the country and an instrumental partner for developing Michigan’s economic future.

    We are one of 16 Michigan Works! agencies across the state, each of which is locally responsive and demand driven. We exist to assist employers in finding and retaining qualified employees and assure that the local talent pool meets the needs of employers.

    Our mission is to continually improve a workforce development system that produces a workforce with the required skills to attract, retain and expand business and enhance our regional economy.

    We assist job-seekers in a variety of ways, including free access to computers to search Pure Michigan Talent Connect (PMTC) for job openings, post resumes online, seek out career information and conduct research on specific industries; we offer assessments, career counseling, job search assistance, supportive services and occupational skills training; GED information and GED testing at our service centers in Big Rapids, Reed City, Fremont, Baldwin and Shelby; offer training programs and readjustment services for dislocated workers including rapid response, skills training, and basic readjustment services; employment assistance for veterans; and more.

    Michigan Works! West Central also helps employers by posting open positions on PMTC, collect and search through qualified resumes, provide use of rooms for interviewing job applicants and use of conference room for employee training sessions, Conduct job fairs (single or multiple employer), Provide unemployment-related and labor market information, and more.

    For more information about our business services, contact Business Services Director Merri Bennett at (231) 583-2029 or mbennett@michworkswc.org, or Business Services Specialist Jonathan Eppley at (231) 660-0253 or jeppley@michworkswc.org.

    Job-seekers can visit any one of our six service centers in Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties for help and guidance. Our Big Rapids service center is located at 14330 Northland Drive. For more information about services we offer, call (231) 796-0049.


    Members of the Month are chosen each month at our Business After Hours events. To enter for a chance for your business to be chosen as Member of the Month, attend and be sure to register at this monthly event!