Volume 6, Issue 10
June 1, 2022
In This Issue...
Announcements | Upcoming Events | Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership
Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency
Executive Director Announcement
Join us in congratulating Joe Nolan on his new role as the Executive Director for Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency.

Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. Joe graduated from LSSU with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and also received his CPA license after college. Although Joe did work his first job at Community Action in a summer work program when he was 14-years old, Joe's official start date is February of 2019 where he took on the Finance Director position. He loves the rewarding work, uniqueness, and total enigma that is Community Action Agency.

Joe is honored to take on his new role as Executive Director and is ready to get to work. Outside of the office, he spends his time around sports, whether it’s doing radio play-by-play or refereeing for high school, or watching his favorite professional teams lose.. Joe also spends a lot of time camping with his wife Amanda and our their dogs, Caesar and Willow.
Upcoming Events
Organizational Standards 101 – Wednesday, June 8 at 2:00 PM (EST)

CSBG Organizational Standards represent important minimum thresholds to ensure Community Action Agencies have the needed capacity to serve America’s communities. The full implementation of the principles and practices articulated in the Organizational Standards assures a consistent and strong CSBG network. This session from NCAP will provide an overview of the Organizational Standards, their requirements, available resources, and how-to tips and tricks for meeting standards (and documenting them!).

Click here to register.
Registration Open! NCAP 2022 National Convention August 31 - September 2, 2022, New York, New York

The Annual Convention is designed to provide Community Action Agency professionals and board members the latest policy and programmatic updates as well as management and governance tools. Special emphasis will be placed on effective strategies for transforming communities and changing the lives of Community Action customers.

Click here to register and learn more.
Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood

Sound mental health is the foundation that supports all other aspects of human development—from the formation of friendships to the achievement of success in school. This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains how early childhood experiences can strengthen or disrupt a child’s emotional well-being. It also makes policy suggestions for promoting the kinds of environments and experiences that prevent early difficulties from derailing the developmental process.
New Report on Community Action and Public Health

Both Community Action and public health aim to improve the lives of the individuals, families, and communities that they serve. This report from the National Community Action Partnership and the American Public Health Association describes some of the successes and challenges Community Action entities experienced in partnering with public health and also explores opportunities for future collaborations between the two sectors to best meet the needs of people experiencing poverty.
HR Hot Topics: Upskilling and Reskilling Your Workforce

This video from HRM Services, continues their conversation on upskilling and reskilling your workforce as a way of preparing for workforce shortages issues. This requires a strategy that couples skill/knowledge training with on-the-job application; a partnership between employers and subject matter experts to build a talent pipeline and ‘grow your own’ talent.

Check out additional resources on the HRM Services website.
Michigan Community Action, Capella University
& Strayer University Partnership
Back to school savings with education built for real life

Ready to go back to school to gain the skills and knowledge you need to reach your career goals with access to education that works with your busy life? Capella University understands this. That’s why our bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in human services, behavioral health, business, IT, and leadership & administration leverage what you already know and are grounded in real-world application.  

Through our partnership with Capella, you and your immediate family have access to high-quality, online education and tuition savings that make it possible to earn a degree or certificate at a significantly lower cost and at your own pace. Capella offers you:  

· Exclusive scholarships, grants, and other savings including a 10% tuition discount.  

· 50% off the first FlexPath session if you begin your program by June 2022. 

· Two learning formats - FlexPath and GuidedPath - that are flexible, affordable, and supportive.  

· A student-centered approach, including support teams to help you be successful and persistent. 

Ready to learn more and get started?  

Visit Capella.edu/MichiganCommunityAction to find a degree program that’s right for you and to see special tuition offers.  

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 2021-2023
Lisa Evans
Community Action of Allegan County

Morghan Boydston
Urban Officer
Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development

Lisa Bolen
Lower Peninsula Rural Officer
Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency
Michelle Williamson
Vice President
Community Action

Michelle LaJoie
Upper Peninsula Officer
Community Action Alger- Marquette

Toby Berry
At-Large Officer 
Community Action Agency

Kerri Duff 
Secretary Treasurer
Gogebic Ontonagon CAA

Mary Ann Neopolitan
CAA Governing Board Officer
Monroe County Opportunity Program

Susan Harding
Directors Council Chair
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency

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. .