Cheboygan County Program Offers Free Job Training

Helping people find good jobs.

That’s the goal of a new training and placement program in Northern Michigan.

The free program in Cheboygan County will first train people and then help find them a job.

The new job training program through Digital Works started this morning in Cheboygan.

9 &10’s Blayke Roznowski has more details on the opportunity and what it means for the community.

"There’s a lot of opportunity for Cheboygan County in this whole process," Cheboygan Community Foundation President Bud Darnell said. "This is just a very exciting thing."

A new job training program through Digital Works will help train and place people into call center jobs.

"It’s a great alternative," Darnell said. "The kinds of jobs that are available in these small communities tend to be restaurants and motels and that sort of thing. These jobs are better jobs. They pay better. They have benefits and there is upward mobility."

An orientation was held this morning for people interested.

Ten people will be chosen every five weeks for a 140 hour training.

"These are jobs that are going to happen now, and every six weeks we’ll start another 10 employees each week," Darnell said, "and so give that a year and there’s another 100 employees in the community, which is a big thing in a town this size."

The executive director at the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce says there’s a need in the community,

"Good, year round jobs are a difficult thing to come by," Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Matthew Friday said, "so to have a program like this that can put people to work full time in good jobs and even working at home, that’s a tremendous benefit for Northern Michigan and, particularly, the Cheboygan area."

Brent Stempky attended orientation this morning. Hes looking forward to the opportunity.

"Nervous, excited, it could be a life changing opportunity and I hope more people would come down and check it out," Stempky said.