SEMCA Career Coach Michelle Matney Named Shining Star by Michigan Works! Association

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Michelle Matney of SEMCA Michigan Works! was awarded the “Shining Star” Award by the Michigan Works! Association during the Association’s annual conference.

“Michigan has one of the strongest workforce development systems in the nation and that’s because of hardworking frontline staff like Michelle,” said Michigan Works! Association CEO Ryan Hundt. “Her dedication and passion is changing the lives of Michigan job seekers every single day and that’s why she is our Shining Star.”

Michelle Matney is a Career Coach/DHHS Coordinator in the PATH Program for SEMCA Michigan Works! She has worked at the Southgate American Job Center, Downriver Community Conference for 16 years. 

Michelle has a reputation for going above and beyond to assist customers, co-workers, and DHHS partners, as well she is actively involved in the Downriver community which brings together the Michigan Works! system and community employers and organizations to provide employment opportunities and resources to customers.

“Every day, Michelle brings her great dedication and drive to our programs and PATH customers,” said Greg Pitoniak, CEO of SEMCA Michigan Works!. “She is a clear and visible reminder of why we are here, and that positive impact is possible when we work together for the good of others. It is this commitment that makes Michelle very deserving of this award.”

Michelle utilizes many of the tools and techniques that she learned in Career & Life and Family-Centered Coaching training to address the needs of her customers to assist them in overcoming barriers and providing them resources and supportive services that ultimately leads them to self-sufficiency through employment and training goal achievement. She is truly a “Shining Star”.

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