Traverse City’s Nonprofit Paperworks Studio Moves Forward with New Vision, Partnerships

Utopia Foundation steps forward to resurrect the nonprofit, which provides job opportunities for adults with disabilities, and helps steer it into global waters. TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — Finding a job in this economy is tough for anyone, but can be even tougher for adults with disabilities. So for the folks at Traverse City’s Paperworks Studio—and […]

Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative to Host Saturday Special: Invest in Yourself on Feb. 7

The community is invited to attend a Super Saturday Special on February 7 from 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. at the TBAISD Career Tech Center (880 Parsons Road in Traverse City.) The theme of conference is “Invest in Yourself,” and will include FREE tax preparation, various workshops, and access to resources in our region. The event is FREE, and […]

Web Portal Gives Veterans Easy Access to Michigan Works Online Services

Veterans can access a variety of job seeker services by visiting a newly redesigned section of the Northwest Michigan Works! Career Café website. CareerCafe.org/vets puts key information for veterans on one web page. From that page veterans can contact staff at any Northwest Michigan Works! Center, link to veterans services, and take a brief survey […]

Gov. Rick Snyder: State government must lead by example in efforts to hire people with disabilities

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan must lead by example and provide a welcoming environment for people with disabilities, encouraging them to work in state government in a competitive, integrated setting, Gov. Rick Snyder said. Snyder on Monday issued an executive directive requiring the government adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating hurdles faced by people […]

Job Seekers Invited to Attend Saturday Special on Oct. 8

Realizing Your Potential to Get Hired will be the focus of a Saturday Special hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) October 18 in Traverse City. The event is being presented by Northwest Michigan Works! and Goodwill Industries, along with other collaborating agencies, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at […]

And the Number Is In! Labor Dept. Sets 7 Percent Hiring Goal

By Barbara Otto After months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule to improve the employment outlook for people with disabilities—setting a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities. The Labor Dept. updated Section 503 […]

Disability Network Empowers Individuals: Ben’s Story

Ben is a young man who has learned that hard work pays off. He connected with Disability Network through the LIFE program when he was an ACE student with the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District. Ben’s disability is cognitive impairment. It takes him a little longer to learn and understand things than others. “Before working […]

LIFE Job Summit Teaches Students Strategies to Succeed

                Approximately 300 high school students with disabilities participated in the regional LIFE Job Summit on April 16, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Resort. Youth from 17 schools within the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District who are members of Learning Independence From Experience (LIFE) were invited to partake […]

Building Community Solutions to Take Place Through the Month of May in NW Michigan

                      Strategy building events will be held throughout Northern Michigan during the month of May for the general public, local units of government, and other community stakeholders to learn about and discuss solutions to a variety of regional and community issues. Building Community Solutions: A […]