Workshop training yields employability certifications

From left: Erika Justus, Ryan Lobeck, Julie Burie, Dalton Lamb, Dakota DeClark and Jonathan Ringel. Not pictured is Barb Reisner, program developer.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The first four graduates of the employability training workshops now have employability certifications to add to their career portfolios.

The Career Launch initiative, Employability Certification, was held during April, and put on by local leaders with Great Start, the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis Club, YMCA, Dickinson-Iron Community Service Agency, Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance, United Way of Dickinson County and Michigan Works!

The four graduates completed their career portfolios and achieved the certification after learning career development skills and preparation readiness necessary for employment.

“Michigan Works! staff will continue ongoing career mentoring to assist job placement for all graduates from the employability certification class as a number one priority,” noted Erika Justus, Michigan Works!, Business Services Team Consultant.

Jonathan Ringel, a leader in the program, noted that local businesses have provided valuable information to the Career Launch Team. “They have indicated that individuals applying for jobs and interviewing need more information on how to get a job and how to keep a job.”

Before walking into a job interview, learning how to develop a career portfolio is a valuable asset, noted Barb Reisner, Career Launch program developer.

“It can be a great confidence builder to have the portfolio consisting of career major information, hiring attributes, a current resume, personal profile information, work photographs and more,” Reisner said.

Any organizations, individuals, businesses, or schools interested in joining the Career Launch Consortium, should contact Reisner, Ringel, Justus or Lynda Zanon, Chamber Director with the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance or call (906) 774-3647 EXT 1403