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Training offered to businesses

$30 million dollars in employee training funding will be available to Michigan businesses from the 2018 Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). The application period for the grant will run from September 18 through October 6, 2017.

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Employer Information Sessions  are being offered to help businesses learn about the Skilled trades training fund. Companies will also learn how to create a solid, competitive proposal, as well as the services and assistance available. The dates for the Employer Information Sessions are:

            August  28       Kalkaska        3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.        Northwest Michigan Works!

                                                                                                    103 Third St.

           August  29        Manistee        10:30 a.m. – Noon            Alliance for Economic Success

                                                                                                    395 Third Street

           August 31         Traverse City  3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Northwest Michigan Works!

                                                                                                    1209 South Garfield

                                                                                                     Large Conference 

Businesses planning to attend should RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-922-6920. More information about the STTF is available at: nwm.org/sttf

Grant seeks to retain Manistee talent

Launch Manistee has received a $20,000 Grant from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development. The grant application was developed by the Manistee County Community Foundation and Alliance for Economic Success (AES).  “The absence of candidates to fill job openings has become a crisis for many businesses in Manistee and other northern Michigan Counties,” said Eric Gustad,  Vice-Chair of the Board of AES. Gustad said that many businesses are operating short-staffed, with reports of temporary business closings due to lack of employees.

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“The goals of this new initiative”, said Mary Ann Behm, Program Coordinator of Launch Manistee. “are to educate students about Manistee County employer jobs; connect employers with high school job applicants, and provide shadowing and internship opportunities”

State park competes for best attraction

The Ludington State Park is in the running for USA Todays Best Michigan Attraction. Currently, the ranking is closed but last look found The Gilmore Car museum in first place, with the Ludington State Park raking in at 8th best Michigan attraction, falling from number 6.

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There are now 4 days left in the competition. You can vote every 24 hours at 10best.com/awards/travel/ under Best Michigan Attraction.

Great American Solar Eclipse today

Cloudy skies are expected for the first Solar eclipse to hit the united states since 1979. The eclipse will start in Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT and end in Charleston, S.C. at 4:09 p.m. EDT. For those in the path of the total solar eclipse, it will last two minutes and 40 seconds at most.

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 Doctors warn to not stare at the eclipse. Use of certified glasses or the darkest welding masks are recommended as eye protection. The safest way to view the eclipse is via a pinhole projector. A video on how to make a projector can be found on NASA’s website. In Ludington, peak viewing time should be 2:20pm, if the clouds stay away. The United states won’t have to wait long for a better opportunity to see an eclipse, as the next one will arrive in 7 years on April 8, 2024, travelling from Texas through the Northeast U.S. lasting up to 4 minutes.

West Shore Community College welcomes students

 "WSCC Connections: Fall Kick-Off Celebration,"  for all new and returning students and parents will be held at West Shore Community College on Thurs., August 24, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from all areas of the college and student leaders from various student organizations. Advising and financial aid will also be available.

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Students will also have the opportunity to meet other students, win prizes and be taken on a campus tour. Food will be provided throughout the evening free of charge.  “The research is clear,” said WSCC Director of Enrollment and Student Engagement, Marcus Crook. “that students who form strong relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students are much more likely to succeed in college than students who try to 'go it alone.'Students planning to attend should RSVP by August 21, by calling 231-843-5510, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will take place in the Schoenherr Campus Center starting at 5 p.m.

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