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Note: Each Michigan Works! Service Center varies in how funds are approved for training. Be sure to check the Michigan Works! website for your local Service Center to learn if they have defined steps for you to follow. You can locate your Service Center at the link below:

Zip Code locater fo
r Michigan Works! Service Centers:

General steps to work with Michigan Works!:

  1. Schedule an appointment to attend an Orientation at your local Michigan W​orks! Service Center.

    Zip Code locater for Michigan Works! Service Centers
  2. Review the occupations in your geographic region that qualify as in demand or high demand occupations. Funds through Michigan Works! require that training be applicable to region needs. Refer to the link below to view high demand jobs by county:

    High demand jobs by county
  3. Identify an occupation or occupations defined as high demand for which you are interested in obtaining training.
  4. Select an approved degree program from the Michigan Consumer Education Career Report (MI CECR – )
  5. Scroll down the list of providers in the CECR until you get to Central Michigan University. You will see that listings include a number of CMU off campus locations (e.g. Central Michigan University – Auburn Hills; Central Michigan University - Troy). Select a CMU Center location within your Michigan Works! Service Center.

    Note that CMU certificate training programs are completely online even though you search for programs by CMU off campus locations.
  6. After you select a program offered by CMU take the information to your Michigan Works! Case Manager to assist in completing forms to advance your application for training funds.

General steps to work with Central Michigan University:

  1. Forms you receive from your Michigan Works! case manager that are to be completed by the Training Institution may be taken in or faxed to your Central Michigan University home center for completion. Before bringing in or faxing forms to your CMU home center, complete as much as possible yourself the Customer or Sponsored Student sections of the form, including the name of the program in which you wish to enroll. Be sure to include a phone/fax number for you and your case manager.
  2. Completed forms may also be faxed to CMU in Clinton Township to the attention of: Elaine Kas or Lori Swift at (586) 263-6485. You may also scan and email your forms to
  3. CMU will complete the Training Provider sections of the forms and contact you when the forms are completed so you can return them to your Michigan Works! case manager.
  4. After you receive notification from your Michigan Works! case manager that you have been approved for funding please contact CMU to follow-up with the Program Administrator at your home center.
  5. You will have two (2) years for NWLB/ITA and three (3) years for TAA (Trade) to complete the program, starting from the day you begin taking classes.
  6. At the present time, Elaine Kas (Program Administrator) and Lori Swift (Administrative Aide) located in Clinton Township, are the coordinators for the program should further assistance be required.