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Workforce development agency partners for new location

April 19, 2017
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North Kent Community Services building
Rockford-based North Kent Community Services, founded in 1973, is a food pantry and resource center for those in need. Courtesy NKCS

Citing the need to provide job-search resources to those living in poverty, a regional workforce development agency has opened a satellite site at a social services nonprofit.

West Michigan Works! will offer resume and cover letter writing and other employment services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at North Kent Community Services in Rockford, at 10075 Northland Dr. NE.

The services are free of charge and open to all.

Visitors to the North Kent Community Services location will be able to use its computer lab, printing and fax services as part of the partnership with West Michigan Works!

“Employers are looking for talent. This new location will offer a variety of job-search resources to make that connection,” said Jacob Maas, CEO, West Michigan Works!.

North Kent Community Services Executive Director Claire Guisfredi said the satellite location will focus on helping those in poverty gain “livable-wage employment.”

“People need the right skills to be competitive in the workforce,” Guisfredi said. “To have this vital resource available to people at NKCS will impact northern Kent County in a powerful way.”

West Michigan Works!

A branch of the statewide workforce development system Michigan Works!, founded in 1987, West Michigan Works! provides staffing and recruitment services for businesses and assists individuals seeking jobs.

The organization is sponsored by the Workforce Development Agency of the State of Michigan.

North Kent Community Services

Founded as the Rockford Community Service Center in 1973, North Kent Community Services is a food pantry and resource center in northern Kent County, serving families and individuals from Six Mile to 22 Mile roads and east and west to the county lines.

The nonprofit provides food, clothing, senior meals on wheels, tax preparation and more to those in need. 

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