Employment Resources

Workforce Development Programs

Back to Work Resources and Programs

Steepletown Neighborhood Services works hard to provide the necessary classes and programs to teach and develop  and certify individual’s with the skills they need to enter the workforce.

Goodwill Industries provides the tools to help people prepare for the workforce, and then works with businesses in the community to match qualified employees to jobs. Through numerous programs, Goodwill serves individuals including those with mental and physical issues, veterans, youth, and other barriers to employment.

Michigan Works! One Stop Service Centers are equipped with computers for Internet job search (search Pure Michigan Talent Connect to find hundreds of job openings) and resume development, as well as copiers, telephones, and fax machines at no cost for your job search related use.  Best of all, friendly staff is available to assist you every step of the way.

Guiding Light The Guiding Light Mission Back to Work Program provides a short-term stay for men who are employed or seeking full-time employment, allowing them to save money while they look for permanent housing.

Youth Employment

The Other Way Ministries Youth Employment Services:

Since 1982, The Other Way Ministries’ Youth Employment Service (YES) program has mentored, trained, and walked with over 350 youth living on the west side of Grand Rapids, MI. Each summer, the YES program hires a dozen or so teenagers, teenage supervisors, and college or post-college supervisors to operate a lawn care business serving the greater WestSide area. The YES program aims to address the job training needs of local teens, ages 14-16, while also providing affordable lawn care in the community. Although their main job is to mow lawns, youth also spend time each week building resumes, writing college essays, discussing budget and money management, learning job etiquette, and practicing interviews.

Please Contact The Other Way’s program director: Alvin Gray at agray@theotherway.org or visit them at theotherway.org for more information about having your lawn mowed or your teenager employed.

Steepletown Summer Youth Employment:

Steepletown Neighborhood Services offers several youth employment and job training opportunities each summer through their summer employment programming. Programs focus on:

  • Work-readiness that targeting mental health & well-being, “soft” skills related to employ-ability, and basic academic skill development
  • Four sector-specific training offerings which lead to the acquisition of work readiness skills, some of which are nationally recognized industry credentials
    • ServSafe Certification in the food industry
    • National Retail Federation (NRF) credential in customer service
    • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
    • Maintenance/landscaping which will involve extensive MIOSHA training and certification
  • Paid work experiences in the form of an internship.

Please Contact Steepletown Neighborhood Services @(616) 451-4215 or visit them at http://steepletown.org/workforce-development/ for more information regarding the multiple employment programs they offer.

Felony Friendly Employment Opportunities

Need work? Have a felony in your background?

Check out these programs or resources for felony friendly job opportunies:

The Job Post

Staffing Inc. Impact Program

Goodwill Jobs

Next Step of West Michigan

For more Felony Friendly Resources check out our Overcoming Barriers Page

Bilingual Community School Coordinator, Harrison Park

Kent School Services Network (KSSN) is looking to hire a new Bilingual School Coordinator for Harrison Park! Here is a little teaser for the job Description or click here for the full description. 

The coordinator will develop and enhance the community school model through relationship building and linking community resources to the school. S/he will work directly with students, school staff, and families, identifying barriers that limit student success, and will develop strategies and resources to improve attendance, reduce behavior incidents, promote family engagement, and increase graduation rates. The coordinator will also work collaboratively with other KSSN staff and community partners on the West side, supporting the Challenge Scholars initiative.

West Grand Neighborhood Organization Now Hiring Bi-lingual Coordinator

West Grand Neighborhood Organization – Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Full-time, Part-time

The Community Engagement Coordinator will work closely with other community engagement connectors, community police officers, crime prevention organizer, schools, other agencies,city officials, businesses and residents to empower everyone to live safely, promote growth and empower all to strengthen the neighborhood and encourage change.

Click here for the full Job posting and find out how to apply: Job Description

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