Michigan DNR Seeks Conservation Officers

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking candidates for its Conservation Officer Recruit School, a 23-week training academy that is the first step in becoming a conservation officer. The application deadline is March 1. The DNR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity among its applicants. During the academy, recruits become state of Michigan employees and are paid biweekly. After graduation, they become probationary conservation officers and spend several more months training throughout the state before being assigned to one of Michigan’s 83 counties, in…

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For-Profit Colleges Promise But Seldom Deliver Gainful Employment

By Charlene Crowell (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher education rises, borrowing to cover those costs often becomes a family concern across multiple generations including the student, parents, and even grandparents or other relatives. Today’s 21st Century jobs usually demand higher education and specialized skills to earn one’s way into the middle class. In households where educational loans are inevitable, it becomes an important family decision to determine which institutions are actually worth the debt incurred. Equally…

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Judge Archie Hayman Ready for Second Act in Private Law Practice

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – The Honorable Archie L. Hayman has retired from the Genesee County Circuit but not from his commitment to serving the Flint community. Hayman was a judge for the 7th Circuit Court in Genesee County. He was appointed by Gov. John Engler in 1996 and retired from the bench in December 2017. Before joining the circuit court, Hayman was a judge for the 68th District Court. He served in that position from 1995 to 1996. In an interview with the Courier, Hayman…

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Black Economic Forecast for 2018: Fight Back with the Dollar and the Vote

By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Galvanizing people to spend money with Black-owned businesses, make deposits in Black-owned banks and voting for a mid-term election result that would cause Black Caucus members and Democrats to chair U. S. House and Senate Committees are the necessary keys to maximize Black economic growth this year, according to top financial experts. “The year 2018 can be the year when African -Americans became serious about taking control of our economic destiny. We should feel an urgent need to close the racial wealth gap that…

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FREE Training; Construction Jobs Starting at $15 Per Hour

The M.A.D.E. Institute of Flint is accepting applications and hosting an orientation for construction jobs Friday, Jan. 5 beginning at noon at their offices in the Broome Center, 4119 North Saginaw St., Flint, Michigan. M.A.D.E.  has partnered with the State of Michigan to provide free training and job opportunities for motivated individuals. Military veterans and men and women with prior felonies are encouraged to apply.  Starting pay is around $15 per hour. The M.A.D.E. Institute is dedicated to creating a community where returning citizens and at-risk-youth have equal access to…

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Michigan Minimum Wage Earners to See Pay Increase

Michigan workers who earn minimum wage will see larger paychecks next year. Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage rate will increase from $8.90 to $9.25 an hour. This is the final scheduled increase provided for in Public Act 138, the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act (WOWA) of 2014. The law generally applies to Michigan employers with two or more employees, age 16 and older. Certain provisions of Act 138 include a youth training wage, which allows an employer to pay a newly hired employee age 16 to 19-years-old $4.25 per…

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A New Beginning In September

A New Beginning In September By: Blake D. Strozier, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer – Flint Board of Education I can remember back as a young man preparing for the beginning of school; the summer was almost over, the beginning of another school year was right around the corner. I used to dread this time of year; I wanted to be out with my friends or on vacation with my family. As I got older, I began to see it from the eyes of an adult; this time of the year becomes exciting.…

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