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Local employers and Capital Area Michigan Works! recognized statewide with Prosperity Awards

Monday, July 07, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Contact: Kate Snyder



Local employers and Capital Area Michigan Works! recognized statewide with Prosperity Awards


LANSING, Mich. — Two Capital Area Michigan Works! employers, F.C. Mason Company and Lansing Board of Water and Light, were celebrated at the Michigan Works! Association’s Prosperity Awards in June.

The Michigan Works! Association and state leaders present Prosperity Awards to recognize the successful partnerships between job makers and local workers as a result of collaboration with the Michigan Works! demand-driven approach to talent development.  

F.C. Mason Company, a St. Johns, Mich. manufacturer, was acknowledged with a Prosperity Award for expanding talent opportunities and creating considerable local economic impact in the South Central Region. Capital Area Michigan Works! helped F.C. Mason with talent recruitment and management development assistance. Capital Area Michigan Works! also provided On-the-Job Training fund assistance and labor market information to help identify and hire qualified employees. F.C. Mason is also an active member of the Capital Area Manufacturing Council.

“F.C. Mason Company is a tremendous employer doing great things for families in mid-Michigan,” said state Rep. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan). “By focusing on meeting the needs and filling the job openings of local employers like F.C. Mason, Capital Area Michigan Works! is setting a great example for talent development organizations everywhere.”

Lansing Board of Water and Light was a Prosperity Award recipient for developing a demand-driven talent development solution: 1st S.T.E.P. (School to Training and Employment Program). The program, developed with Capital Area Michigan Works!, IBEW Local 352, local school districts and Lansing Community College, engaged high school seniors in work-based learning. Sixty-seven students have successfully completed the 1st S.T.E.P program since its inception. Twenty program graduates have been hired at Lansing Board of Water and Light, and five graduates have started technical progressions or apprenticeships at Lansing Board of Water and Light.

“One of the most important things our talent development organizations can do is help meet the needs of local employers with jobs to fill,” said state Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing).  “The result is success stories like these, with real benefits for the families that need it.”

In addition to the employer awards, Capital Area Michigan Works! CEO Edythe Hatter-Williams was presented with a Special Tribute from Governor Snyder for Michigan Talent Division 7.

Employers and job seekers can find the nearest Capital Area Michigan Works! service center by visiting or by calling 517-492-5500. 



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