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Families Forward is a new program just for parents who owe child support, offering FREE in-depth training for real jobs. Families Forward can also help you look for a better job. And if you want help managing your child support payments or financial issues, Families Forward is here to help with that too.
Families Forward is taking place in Jackson and Calhoun counties.
Trainings and Credentials
from experts with proven connections to good jobs
In Calhoun County, training is available for these industries:
Length: 79-107 hours
Learn to use heat to melt or fuse pieces of metal and form a permanent bond. Earn GMAW or SMAW certifications.
Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Length: 181 hours
Learn to install, maintain, and repair manufacturing equipment in a variety of settings.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Length: 80 hours
Help patients with activities of daily living and other healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.
Length: 50 hours
Learn the skills necessary for obtaining various positions within the hospitality industry.
In Jackson County, training is available for this industry:
Length: 5 weeks
Learn to set up, test and adjust manufacturing machinery and equipment. Earn an OSHA 10 certificate and get ready to take a nationally recognized certification exam.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Length: 90 hours
Helps patients with activities of daily living and other healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.
Google IT Support
Length: 65 hours
Prepare for an entry-level job in IT support. Learn to maintain network systems and understand how to install new hardware.
FANUC Robotics Training
Length: 57 hours
Learn to set up, record, and troubleshoot programs on the FANUC Robotics Handling Tool Software Package. Participants learn the skills necessary to work in the advanced manufacturing industry.
*Eligible participants can attend training in either county
so you can focus on success
- Job search assistance
- Child Support navigation
- Career coaching
- Financial guidance
- Tranportation and other assistance
don't miss out on this limited-time opportunity
Am I Eligible?
You may be eligible if you:
- Have a child support order in Jackson or Calhoun County
- Are not receiving SSI or SSDI disability benefits
- Are between ages 18 – 64
- Meet income guidelines
- Can legally work in the U.S.
- Meet training guidelines
Questions about eligibility?
Call 269-330-1381 to learn more.
How do I apply?
To apply in Calhoun or Jackson County:
- Call 269-330-1381 or email
MDHHS-FamiliesForward@michigan.gov to learn more.
- Attend an orientation.
Call or email for schedule and location
- If you meet the basic eligibility, you will be asked to take additional tests and participate in an interview to learn if you meet the requirements for your chosen job training.