Michigan Works! West Central moves office to Newaygo; Open house Dec. 19
NEWAYGO – Michigan Works! West Central is pleased to announce the opening of its new service center in the city of Newaygo.
The service center officially opened its doors on Dec. 2, at 9075 S. Mason Drive in Newaygo, the former VFW hall.
To celebrate the new location, an open house will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the new service center. The River Country Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. at the event.
Michigan Works! West Central’s Workforce Development Board voted in June to move the organization’s Newaygo County service center from Fremont to the Newaygo to better meet the needs of its clients.
“The decision to move was, in part, based on the population of Newaygo County. Our research shows that the city of Newaygo’s population increased significantly in comparison to Fremont between 1990 and 2017,” said Shelly Keene, Michigan Works! West Central executive director. “During that timeframe, Newaygo saw a 28.4-percent increase, while Fremont saw a 10.6-percent increase. To best provide services to our clients, we need to be located in a highly visible and easily accessible area to reach as many clients as possible.
“We feel the new location will help make our services and programs more accessible to those who need our assistance. The new service center is more than double the size of our previous location in Fremont, and will house several of our agency partners to make the new office a central location for those in need.”
Partners located in the new service center include Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Michigan Veterans Affairs, among others. The new location is nearly 7,000 square feet, and includes a large conference room area, computers for job searching, cubicle office space and more. Michigan Works! West Central currently is seeking additional partners to locate to the new facility.
Michigan Works! West Central, which covers Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties, offers services to both employers and job seekers. For employers, it offers assistance with recruitment, posting job opportunities, hosting job fairs, training dollars for new and existing employers and more. Michigan Works! West Central offers job seekers assistance with resume/cover letter writing assistance and help with creating a profile/resume on Pure Michigan Talent Connect, and other employment related services. Various classroom and on-the-job training opportunities may also be available for adults, dislocated workers, and youth through several available funding sources.
For more information about the new Newaygo service center, contact Michigan Works! West Central Business Services Director Merri Bennett at (231) 583-2029. For more information about services provided to job seekers, please call (231) 924-3230.