The PATH Program is designed to establish and maintain a connection to the labor market for individuals referred by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), while offering educational and training opportunities and job search/job readiness activities to increase the individual’s income, therefore, reducing or eliminating a family’s need for public assistance.  The PATH Program provides participants the education and training needed to move up career ladders for self-sustaining, lasting employment and permanent self-sufficiency.

The PATH Program is an investment in the long-term growth and prosperity of our workforce and our economy.  The program prepares clients for the workforce by connecting them with workforce readiness supports including education and training that can lead to long-term career placements and advancements to become self-sufficient.  For Michigan’s employers, The PATH Program provides prepared workers ready to take and retain jobs to help businesses avoid high turnover and become more productive.  This approach provides long-term economic growth for individuals, families, businesses and Michigan’s evolving economy.

Program Allowable Activities                                                         Program Services

  Unsubsidized Employment

  Subsidized Employment (as funding allows)

  On-the-job Training (as funding allows)

  Job Search & Job Readiness

 Work Experience Program (WEP)

  Community Service Program (CSP)

  Vocational Educational Training (as funding allows)

  Providing Daycare for Participant in CSP

  Job Skills Training Directly Related to Employment

  Education Directly Related to Employment

  High School Completion or GED Preparation

  Career & Life, Family-Centered Coaching

  Coaching Sessions

  Goal Setting

  Barrier Removal

  Career and Basic Skills Assessment

  Career & Labor Market Exploration

  Resume Writing Assistance

  Job Readiness and Soft Skills Workshops

   Child Care Information/Referrals

  Supportive Services (Transportation, Clothing, etc.)

  Other Services, Activities, Resources, and Referrals

10-Day AEP (Application Eligibility Period)

The State of Michigan requires FIP applicants to successfully complete a 10-Day AEP at a local Michigan Works! American Job Center (AJC), as a condition of eligibility for FIP benefits. Upon successful completion of the 10-Day AEP, applicants continue with PATH participation.  The 10-Day AEP consists of career coaching sessions, assignments individualized for each applicant’s needs including customized assessments, barrier identification and removal activities, and job readiness & search activities/ instruction. 

The State of Michigan has determined a 10-day time frame will allow for MWAs to assess, evaluate, and more effectively prepare FIP applicants to attain employment, meet federal work participation requirements, and work toward self-sufficiency through PATH. 

MDHHS offers a variety of assistance programs including; cash assistance, food assistance, health care coverage/Medicaid, etc. 

If you or someone you know is need of assistance, please visit or contact your local MDHHS office to find out more information about assistance programs available and eligibility requirements.

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