Success Stories

Job Training

Apprenticeship Programs
GST continues to work with local unions to identify potential new hires into apprenticeship programs.
In mid-June, a new pre-apprenticeship pilot program started in partnership with the local Building and Construction Trade Laborers and the Center for Construction Research and Training.

The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370, Michigan Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local 2, and Operating Engineers, Local 324 are working with GST Michigan Works! to provide an Environmental Career Worker Training Program.

Eleven Flint residents will participate in a four-week pre-apprenticeship program that will allow them the opportunity to train for career opportunities with the participating unions.

New Jobs

Comprehensive Coatings
In March, Comprehensive Coating received a loan from the Michigan Strategic Fund to renovate a building on the city’s northeast side. The company plans to hire as many as 100 full-time employees within two years.
Comprehensive Coating will be the primary supplier of coating needs for the Lapeer-based Lapeer Industries, which provides manufacturing, prototyping and engineering services to the automotive and defense industries.

Eventually, the site will train students at Flint/Genesee Job Corps, Mott College and local high schools.  In addition, the company received a Community Ventures Grant, which provides funds to hire structurally unemployed workers.


In April, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $600,000 performance-based grant and $2.5 million performance based loan from the Michigan Business development program for iSourceWorldwide (dba PrintSites), a company promoting itself as an efficient, customized online web-to-print solution for the print industry, and Skypoint Ventures LLC.
The project will invest $2.65 million, create a projected 100 new jobs, and relocate in a historic Dryden building in downtown Flint. 

Temporary Jobs

Temporary Jobs
The US Department of Labor awarded a grant to the Workforce Development Agency, Genesee Shiawassee Thumb and Michigan Works! for Flint residents.  The grant facilitates the hiring of Flint residents to support a plan developed by the State Emergency Operations Center to assist Flint residents affected by the water crisis.


Job Skills Development – Participants will develop active listening, reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and other more specialized skills.

Employ-ability – With viable employment, former unemployed people demonstrate recent employment history attractive to future employers.

Career Development – Deeper understanding of career opportunities, including positions as freight/stock/material movers, laborers, heavy tractor trailer drivers, electricians, customer service representatives, and team leaders.

Wages and Support

Temporary wages pay an average of $11 per hour.

Participants are provided with support services necessary to complete the assignment (including work clothes and tools)