Amber Steinmetz – Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! Impact Award

As the mother of three children whose husband has a disability, Amber Steinmets came to the Macomb/St.clair Michigan works Career Center in Port Huron as an applicant for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF.) She then successfully transitioned to the Partnership, Accountability, Training Hope (PATH) program.

“When my husband was no longer able to work, the PATH program provided the assistance and guidance necessary to fulfill my dream of being a nurse,” said Amber.

Soon after, she began full-time employment. Selected for admission to the nursing program at St. Clair County Community College, Amber maintained full-time employment until she began the training.

With a PELL award and the additional support of Michigan Works! training funds through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Amber had the financial resources to enroll in school.

The training hours also counted towards the PATH requirement. In addition to tuition assistance, Amber received WIOA supportive services for the training required books, supplies, uniforms and licensing fees.

By braiding multiple resources, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! assisted Amber In successfully completing an education plan and enabled her to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (AON). It also propelled her to self-sufficiency and financial stability for her family. Amber is employed full-time at St. John Hospital and Medical Center as a Registered Nurse.