Job Training

Behavior Development / Work Program

This program helps consumers develop basic work skills, ethics and the opportunity to improve their self image.  Case management services are provided to individuals to assist them in learning employee responsibilities and changing inappropriate work behaviors through paid work experience and job supports. The program is primarily provided to special education students in the Jackson County Intermediate School District as they begin to transition from school to work.

Career Camp

Program focuses on providing students with disabilities vocational education and work experience.  It is designed to help students better understand and maneuver through the process of preparing for and securing suitable employment.  During the four-week summer program students are provided with a combination of vocational classes and activities, work experience and job shadowing.

Career/Job Readiness Program

Program assists those who are determined to have the potential to secure and sustain competitive employment, though need some time to work on skills before that can become a reality.  Often these individuals have limited work histories or who have had one or more recent life experiences such as physical injury or cognitive illnesses that make it difficult to readjust to work. 

Excel Program

Work readiness program designed for adults with developmental disabilities and offered in collaboration with Summit Pointe (Community Mental Health).  Eligible participants are those who have developmental disabilities and are seeking to be involved in Supported Employment through Connections, a Summit Pointe affiliate. The goal of the program is to build competencies in areas that affect a person’s ability to work.

Job Coaching Program

Job Coaching may be assigned to provide necessary on-the-job training to sustain recent employment. Job coaching responsibilities include guidance for specific job duties, daily assessments, job/task analysis, environmental modifications, job training, and systematic instruction. 

MI Works! Youth Program (WIA)

Our youth program utilizes case managers who work with individual participants, families, schools and the community to determine the appropriate activities and services that will best meet the needs of each individual participant.  We provide or partner with other agencies to provide: Tutoring, Summer Employment, Work Experience, Occupational Skills training, Leadership Development, Mentoring, Guidance & Counseling, and Alternative School Services in Calhoun County.

On-the-Job Training/Internship (OJT) Program

This is an internship based program in which the potential employer may be uncertain if the job seeker is the correct match for the job. This program provides 20 – 40 hours of paid on-the-job training for participants that are in the Job Placement Program and that permanent placement is probable if the job seeker successfully completes the OJT/Internship.

Travel Training Program

This is a 1:1 intensive training program that instructs individuals with disabilities or other barriers on how to independently navigate the bus system safely to work or other desired location.

Work Experience

Paid on the job assessment. Individual is not required to be a Social Security recipient. Individualized plan development, individualized job site development within a Goodwill retail store or production facility. With the purpose of evaluating demonstrated on-the-job behavioral skills, soft skills. Vocational skill assessment, 1:1 training, and case management. Program manager provides a written report with recommendations.

Financial Opportunity Center
15 Capital NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-4:30






Meet Tanesha

Tanesha came to Goodwill through the WIA program in April of 2011 transitioning to the Summer Youth Program working as our front desk receptionist. In seven short months Tanesha was hired to be our fulltime front desk receptionist.   Tanesha transitioned to the Human Resources Department in addition to attending classes at KCC.  She obtained her degree in business and now works in Human Resources at a nearby manufacturing company.  Way to go Tanesha!!