Monroe’s Angelica Pittman and Taco John’s Honored with Michigan Works! Association 2024 Impact Award

2024 Impact Awards

The Michigan Works! Association has recognized Monroe resident Angelica Pittman and Taco John’s with the prestigious 2024 Impact Award, celebrating their outstanding contributions to the community and workforce development.

Taco John’s, a renowned franchise operation tracing its roots back to a humble taco stand in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1969, made its mark in Monroe County through the efforts of the Meritage Hospitality Group. Since its arrival, Taco John’s has been a beacon of opportunity, creating over 30 jobs with competitive wages and ongoing training for local residents.

At the heart of this success story lies the SEMCA Michigan Works! Monroe American Job Center, a vital partner in Taco John’s hiring process. Their comprehensive support, including job search assistance, internship opportunities, transportation arrangements, and barrier resolution, has paved the way for Taco John’s to thrive in the community.

Angelica Pittman, a participant in the Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope. (PATH) program at SEMCA Michigan Works!, exemplifies the transformative impact of dedicated support and unwavering determination. Despite facing significant challenges, Angelica’s resilience and commitment to sobriety, coupled with the guidance of SEMCA Michigan Works!, have propelled her towards success.

Angelica’s journey at Taco John’s is a testament to her perseverance and the supportive environment fostered by the company. Her positive experience, highlighted by the flexibility, camaraderie, and recognition received at Taco John’s, reflects the values of inclusivity and empowerment championed by both the company and SEMCA Michigan Works!.

As Angelica continues to excel in her role at Taco John’s, her story serves as an inspiration to others facing similar challenges. With her dedication, coupled with the ongoing support of SEMCA Michigan Works!, Angelica is paving the way for a brighter future for herself and her community.

The Michigan Works! Impact Awards honor those who have contributed to strengthening Michigan’s economy by actively creating jobs and developing fresh talent in their communities. The event is a unique, highly publicized celebration of the economic impact of newly created jobs, transformational training, and effective talent pipeline development within our communities. During the event, state legislators present tributes to award winners, who share their stories and the role Michigan Works! played in their success.

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