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Ottawa County Michigan Works!



Michigan Works! Unemployed AdultsAdults

Unemployed Adults

Ottawa County Michigan Works! offers many resources for adults who have found themselves unemployed.

The service center at 121 Clover Street in Holland offers employment-related classes and workshops. The schedules for these can be found on the Calendar page of this site. Workshops include Resume WritingSteps to Success and Interviewing as well as others.

The service center also offers through the Lakeshore Adult Learning Center GED and ESL classes as well as WorkKeys training and testing, and career assessment.

This site also offers a portal of employment-related sites for help in your job search.

Michigan Works! maintains very close ties with local centers of education such as Grand Valley State University, Muskegon Community College, Grand Rapids Community College and others. This partnership allows Ottawa County Michigan Works! to suggest the best training courses in each facility that best fits the career seeker’s needs.

Anyone, even those who are currently employed can visit the service center to use its computers, fax and copier (as long as it’s employment-related).

What To Expect If You Want To Qualify For Unemployment

Individuals who visit Michigan Works to qualify for unemployment must bring a copy of their resume with them. Individuals are welcome to use the office equipment in the service center to create/update their resume, and print hard copies.

Staff will assist in posting the resume online on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect. The Pure Michigan Talent Connect is hosted by the State of Michigan for Michigan businesses and citizens to post open positions and seek employment.

Employed Adults

We can help you prepare for what's next. Ottawa County Michigan Works! provides workshops, classes and other opportunities for those who are currently employed.

If a person wants to earn his/her General Education Development (GED), Ottawa County Michigan Works offers GED coursework and certification through its parthership with the Lakeshore Adult Learning Center.

If someone wants to learn to speak English, Ottawa County Michigan Works! offers English As A Second Language (ESL) classes – also through the Lakeshore Adult Learning Center.

The employment-related workshops at Michigan Works are open to anyone who wants to take them. Please check the Event Calendar and call (616) 396-2154 to register.

And people are welcome to utilize the Michigan Works facility for employment-related purposes. The computers can be utilized for job searching, the fax machine can be used to fax applications, cover letters and resumes, and the copier can be used (5-page limit) all for employment-related purposes.

There is also free WiFi on the second floor of the Holland service center at 121 Clover Street, and in the Grand Haven service center at 106 S. 6th Street, Grand Haven, MI  49417.