Volume 6, Issue 11
June 14, 2022
In This Issue...
Announcements | Upcoming Events | Resources | Capella/Strayer University Partnership
Dr. Wendy Ellis
Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler
Meredith Kennedy

MCA Hybrid Summer Conference Preliminary Program as of 6.9.22
For a printable session list and conference schedule click here.
MCA Action Alert: Michigan’s workforce system is facing devastating rule changes. Act today.

Our Association is joining with other workforce development allies and the Michigan Works! Association to voice opposition to a federal rule change that if enacted, could close 20% of Michigan's job centers. Our state workforce system is facing one of the most significant – and devastating – proposed rule changes the network has encountered since its inception.

You can find background on this proposed rule-change and why it uniquely would negatively impact Michigan and a handful of other states here.

In addition to closure of one fifth of our state’s job centers, the impact would be:
• A reduction or discontinuation of critical services provided to vulnerable populations, including veterans, immigrants and refugees, returning citizens, and youth. 
• A reduction in services to employers, including job fairs, career awareness events, support for industry-led collaboratives, and administration of the Going PRO Talent Fund.
• A significant hindrance on the workforce system's abilities to help Michiganders earn skill certificates or college degrees through the Sixtyby30 initiative.
• The loss of approximately 220 full-time equivalent employees across the Michigan Works! System.

We urge all of our network members to make our voices heard. Here are two things you can do today:

Upcoming Events
Marketing/Communications Networking Group – Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 AM (EST)

There is still time to register for the Marketing/Communications peer-to-peer networking opportunity that will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, EST.

Weatherization Workforce Development 

Join this webinar from NCAP on Wednesday June 20, 2022, at 2:00 PM, EST where staff from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will present highlights from the recent Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) continuous Improvement Workshop on Workforce Development: Recruitment and Retention. This session is intended to help the broader WAP network access the practices and ideas shared by presenters and participants during the recent workshop. 


Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas  in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. 

We know the struggle has not ended, MCA continues to pursue and support people of color. MCA has created an internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ACTION plan with Michigan Diversity Education Center. MCA would be happy to talk to your agency about our process. www.mi-dec.org 
Community Action Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month
The National Community Action Partnership celebrates the history and pride of the LGBTQIA+ Community and recognizes the work of Community Action Agencies across the country to support and serve LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. 
Ensuring that all members of the LGBTQ+ community have meaningful access to programs and services that are offered in inclusive, welcoming settings is crucial to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty. CAAs and State Associations have a crucial and powerful role to play in their communities by providing those services and advocating at all levels of government to move policies forward that improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in all communities.
Read more in our latest Partnership Policy Spotlight. Access Pride Month graphics and more. 
Gun Violence Reduction Resources

In the face of gun violence and the rising call to ACTION, here are organizations that actively work to reduce gun violence. 

You can use MCA’s Memberclicks to find your local legislators and urge them to take ACTION:  

Take Action (memberclicks.net). Sample message below:  

Topic: Gun Control 
Subject: Please take ACTION 

I encourage you to support and pursue new & active forms of legislation that will help curb gun violence. I support the measures President Biden spoke to in his June 2 address.  
New Inclusive Language Guidelines from The American Psychological Association (APA) 

The American Psychological Association (APA) has released new inclusive language guidelines. The document provides guidance on the most relevant language to use when communicating about equity, diversity, and inclusion. It also provides an explanation of why some terminology may be offensive or harmful. 
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. .