Ottawa County Michigan Works!

Youth Work Experience Program

Ottawa County Michigan Works! offers many employment-related programs, one of which is the Youth Work Experience Program. If you are between the ages of 14 - 21 you might qualify to join the Work Experience Program at Ottawa County Michigan Works.



"Through the Youth Program of Ottawa County Michigan Works! I was able to complete my education and get my certification as a Nurse Aide. Now I work at Holland Hospital! Thank you for everything!" ~ Sara H.

"This program gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. To try a job in the field I was considering or a career, to see if it's something I would be interested in is amazing! This program not only gave me first hand experience but helped me learn more about myself. These are things I can benefit from for the rest of my life!" ~ Elizabeth M.

"The Work Experience program of Ottawa County Michigan Works! was really helpful. They helped me get my GED and got me started with a temporary employment service. Now I'm working long-term." ~ Alex S.

"I enrolled in this program when I needed help paying for credit recovery for high school graduation. My case manager told me about a job fair and offered employment counseling. I'm working full-time, and love my job and I'm taking classes at GRCC." ~ Dasha J.

Examples of businesses that host a Youth Program work site include but are not limited to:

  • City Hall
  • Nursing Homes
  • Churches
  • Retail Outlets
  • Daycares
  • Hotels

Examples of positions that Youth Program participants hold include but are not limited to:

  • Organizing sales floor
  • Sweeping/vacuuming
  • Grounds keeping
  • Seasonal landscaping
  • Custodial duties
  • Reading to children
  • Assist Activities Director
  • Light housekeeping
  • Answer phones
  • Data entry/filing
  • Organization/special projects

How you benefit from being part of our program:

  • Getting paid to work
  • Getting experience in the workplace
  • Doing jobs you might not have thought of before
  • Making connections in the community that could help you in the future
  • Getting some technical skills
  • Giving you an opportunity to work with people who care about you and your future
  • Giving back to the community

OCMW is responsible for:

What the Work Experience Program
hopes to give to its participants:

  • Finding/placing youth participants
  • Completing background checks
  • Paying youth participants' wages
  • Work site supervisor support
  • Conducting the interview process
  • Work related soft skills, such as timeliness, teamwork, following direction, completing tasks
  • Technical skills in a relevant area
  • Life skills such as attention to detail, keeping a schedule, follow through