Volume 5, Issue 6
March 23, 2021
In This Issue...
Announcements | Webinars/Trainings | COVID-19 Resources | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership
Michigan Taxable Wage Base Increases to $9,500

Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity recently announced that all employers covered under the Michigan Employment Security (MES) Act will be assessed an unemployment tax on a wage base of $9,500 for 2021. 
What does this mean for your business? 
Contributing employers must pay unemployment insurance taxes on the first $9,500 of each employee’s wages in the 2021 calendar year. 
Managing Conflict in the Workplace​ | April 20, 2021 at 12:00-2:00 PM EST | 11:00-1:00 CT

Team members will learn the top Five Conflicts in the workplace and how to resolve conflicts/disputes using the Conflict Management process. This course is designed to assist HR professionals and leaders/management in identifying, addressing and removing conflict in the workplace. Group discussion and a Case Study will be presented.

COVID-19 Resources
Michigan Announces all adults will be eligible for the vaccine starting
April 5, 2021
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan announced Friday, March 12 that all residents age 16 and up will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5, nearly a month before the May 1 date pledged by President Joe Biden.

People age 16 to 49 with certain medical conditions or disabilities will qualify starting March 22, when 50-64-year-olds can begin getting shots under a previous announcement. Two days later, March 24, a federally selected regional mass vaccination site will open at Detroit’s Ford Field to administer an additional 6,000 doses a day for two months.

Find a COVID-19 vaccination sight here:  Coronavirus - Vaccine Locations (michigan.gov) 
Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes related to Small Business Administration
COVID Relief Loans 
The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.  
The scams can include using an employees Social Security number to apply for a loan under the business name. Visit this website to learn more & report instances of fraud. SBA Programs - Scams and Fraud Alerts   
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

National Community Action Partnership Equity Summit April 19-21. 

The national Community Action Partnership will be hosting its first ever Equity Summit. Our theme for this virtual event is “Centering in Truth, Activating Community Healing & Resiliency“. We deeply believe that “othering”, particularly racism, rests at the nucleus of poverty in America. We also believe that equitable opportunities can only be built and sustained by centering ourselves in this truth. To that end, the Equity Summit will showcase voices and expressions that activate healing and resiliency in local communities.

Michigan Community Action, Capella University
& Strayer University Partnership
Your ambitions are important. Through our partnership with Capella University, you and your immediate family are eligible for significant educational benefits,* each designed to help you reach your goals.

These include:

  • 50% off your first 12-week session tuition through Capella’s FlexPath learning format plus an additional
  • 10% tuition discount on all subsequent sessions
  • $3,000-$20,000 scholarships on eligible bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs through
  • Capella’s GuidedPath learning format plus an additional 10% tuition discount
  • Opportunity to save on general education courses through Sophia Learning, Capella’s affiliate
  • Support throughout your academic journey, including advising support and career counselling

Explore Continuing Education content
We understand the demands of a typical workday. That’s why Capella has teamed up with EliteHealthcare to provide access to courses eligible for CE credit. This content is available on demand, on us.

Learn more about Capella
Capella offers an online, flexible education and a variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Available areas of study include nursing, health administration, business, information technology and more.

*Eligible programs only. Connect with your HR team for details. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

For more information, visit capella.edu/MichiganCommunityAction
Check out this PDF for information on programs offered.
Save on your degree at Strayer University

Michigan Community Action and Strayer University have partnered to offer eligible employees of their member agencies access to flexible, affordable associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. If you’re thinking of earning a degree, we invite you to take advantage of special offers designed to help you meet your educational goals.

Special offers and scholarships available now

$5,000 scholarship for new or returning Strayer students to apply toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree

10% tuition discount for the duration of your program*
  * Tuition discount upon receipt of documentation of employment and eligibility.

Why Strayer?
At Strayer, you’ll get a modern, online degree that gives you the confidence to change your future. Our programs are built for working adults and our student services coaches offer support at every step. We believe in educational access, academic quality, student success and customer service.
MCA Officers/Board Members 2019-2021
Jill Sutton
Mid Michigan CAA

Toby Berry
Urban Officer
Community Action Agency

Lisa Evans
Lower Peninsula Rural Officer
Community Action of Allegan County
Michelle Williamson
Vice President
Community Action

Michelle LaJoie
Upper Peninsula Officer
Community Action Alger- Marquette

Melinda Johnson
At-Large Officer 
Blue Water Community Action

Dennis McShane
Directors Council Chair Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency
Kerri Duff 
Secretary Treasurer
Gogebic Ontonagon CAA

Doug McFadden
CAA Governing Board Officer

Mary Ann Neopolitan
CAA Governing Board Officer
Monroe County Opportunity Program
MCA is continuing to observe CDC guidelines encouraging remote work practices and following local public health guidelines. The office remains physically closed to anyone outside of immediate staff. We are accessible by phone and email during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30AM-5PM ET.
Be well and stay safe everyone. .