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Connecting Talent to Opportunity

Michigan Works! Southeast is on the front lines, meeting the talent demands of local employers and responding to the unique needs of the communities in the five counties of Southeast Michigan: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw. We are focused on the needs of job makers and developing talent for the 21st century economy. Michigan Works! Southeast is locally responsive and demand-driven. We are governed by a Workforce Development Board comprised of private sector representatives and locally-elected officials We are committed to delivering services that help businesses find the skilled workers they need and provide a competitive advantage for job seekers. Michigan Works! Southeast partners with communities to meet the diverse needs of all customers. All ages, skill sets and levels of experience are welcome.
Celebrating Success
Sammy Pongrattana has been an employee of Wedge-Mill Tool (WMT) for 22 years. Eager to obtain new skills, Sammy desired to learn Mastercam for several years, however, Wedge-Mill Tool just didn’t have the resources and needed him in his current role. With the help of Michigan Works! Southeast Business Services Team, Wedge-Mill Tool was able to apply for and receive an Incumbent Worker Grant that would provide them with the resources needed to train Sammy on the job.

Sammy received training over the course of 2 weeks for Mastercam Mill Essentials in April and May of 2017 from AxSys Incorporated. He applies his new skills on a daily basis when programming jobs for his employer.

More and more of our customers give us just models instead of blueprints so we have more of a need for employees to know Mastercam to program jobs to the machine, shared a spokesperson for Wedge-Mill Tool.

Wedge-Mill Tool appreciates that they were recognized as having an urgent need for the Mastercam Mill Essentials to increase efficiency in production and reduce set up and programming time on the CNC machines. This training also assists the Sales Department with quoting jobs for customers.