Jobs For MI Graduates Conference This Week

As Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates marks ten years, the program will hold its annual Career Development Conference in Lansing this week. Youth Solutions Director Kristin Harrington tells WSJM News JMG has grown to serve around 3,000 at-risk students across Michigan since it started in Benton Harbor a decade ago. Around 300 students will be at Thursday’s conference to take part in career skills competitions, showing off things they have learned.

The Student of the Year award will also be presented. Harrington says this week’s gathering comes as Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates faces possible defunding by the state. It’s not in the governor’s budget proposal, and she fears what would happen to at-risk kids who are served…

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Local students attend Legislative Day

CADILLAC — Two students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the JMG Legislative Day Feb. 28 in Lansing.

Cassidy Baker, a senior from Cadillac, and Katlin Booms, a senior from Marion, were two of the more than 125 students from across the state to attend the Legislative Day. Baker and Booms are both students in the Agriscience Program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center…

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Lawmaker Slams Gas Tax Proposal

State Representative Beth Griffin says there’s zero chance the Michigan House will approve the 45 cent gas tax increase proposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. We asked the Republican lawmaker from Mattawan what should be done to raise money for fixing the roads. Griffin says state leaders need to get creative instead of jacking up taxes. In general, Griffin wasn’t a big fan of the governor’s budget proposal.

Griffin also raised an alarm last week because the proposed spending plan doesn’t include funding for Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates. She vowed to help reinstate that money…

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