More Students Participate in Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program at Benton Harbor High School

BENTON HARBOR — Twice as many Benton Harbor High School students will be served by the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program this school year thanks to a partnership with Youth Solutions.

The expansion means that 100 high school students – 15 percent of the school’s population – will receive targeted employability skills training aimed at successful high school completion and transition into employment, according to a press release from Kinexus of Benton Harbor, which runs the program.


JMG Participation in Careers in Energy Week October 16-20

LANSING — Michigan’s energy industry currently accounts for nearly 100,000 jobs and demand is projected to increase by 9 percent through 2024.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared Oct. 16-20 to be Careers in Energy Week as a way to encourage job seekers to consider careers in the industry.

Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and the Lansing Board of Water and Light will host tours for career and technical education students and Jobs for Michigan Graduates participants during Careers in Energy Week. Those interested in a career in energy should visit www.mitalent.org or their local Michigan Works! agency.

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JMG Youth in Upper Peninsula Assist with Inaugural Veterans Mobile Food Pantry

MARQUETTE — The inaugural veterans mobile food pantry at Lakeview Arena Thursday got an overwhelming amount of support from the community — especially the number of volunteers who assisted with the effort, organizers said.

Upper Peninsula Construction Council Executive Director Tony Retaskie said 120 volunteers helped make the event a success.

“We put out the call out for 70 to 75 volunteers,” Retaskie said. “The response was great.”

The UPCC joined the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and the Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO to purchase 30,000 pounds of food with the help of Adventist Community Services to be distributed to U.P. veterans.

Fifteen of those volunteers are Marquette and Alger county high school students participating in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program, Retaskie said.

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