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THE ROMEO OBSERVER — Wednesday, April 14, 2010 — Page 3-B _________________________________________________________

Michigan has some ‘hot’ jobs, but skills are key

RENOVATION. Papa’s Family Restaurant started the year off with a complete remodel. “It’s a whole new look,” said Marta Nikolla, owner of the downtown Armada restaurant. Marta and her husband, Tom, have owned Papa’s for eight years and decided it was time to brighten up the dining area and add more seating. The Nikolla’s kept the historic building’s 100-year-old brick wall and original tin ceiling intact. The restaurant was converted to all non-smoking after the remodel. A few items have also been added to the menu. “We still have the same great food and low prices,” said Marta, seen in back row from left with Theresa Terzo and Barb Lubick. Front row is Noah and Luke Nikolla. Papa’s Family Restaurant is located at 23056 Main Street. Large parties can be accommodated with reservations and carry-out is available. Business hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 6:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Call (586) 784-5177. (Observer photo by Debi Martone)

Mich. State Fair unlikely to return; land could be used for Metropark by The Associated Press the Detroit Free Press that if they get the property It’s unlikely that the Michigan State Fair will they “would not be running a state fair this year.” take place this year. The Free Press and The The Huron-Clinton MetDetroit News report the ropolitan Authority is evaluating the possibility of other about 40 acres of the developing about 120 acres fairgrounds could be used of the fairgrounds in by Hantz Farms LLC, Detroit as the city’s first which is working to put metropark and reviving vacant Detroit land to use the fair after the state cut as part of a large, commercial farm. funding last year. Hantz Farms says the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Executive property looks good for its Director Jayne Miller told needs.

tions that offer good-payBy TIM MARTIN Associated Press Writer ing jobs to those with the required skills.” Even as Michigan Under the six-week Get endures the nation’s higha Skill, Get a Job training est unemployment rate, programs participants will there are jobs available in select fields for people with sign a contract agreeing to full attendance and comthe right skills. Among the “hot jobs” pletion of assigned work. highlighted by one college Those who show a goodare pharmacy technicians, faith effort to find a job but call center specialists, com- fail will get a refund after puter numerical control one year. The college will machinists and quality help students find jobs. Michigan, with a 14.1 inspectors. The average wage for those jobs typical- percent jobless rate in Febly ranges from $12 to $16 ruary, has lost more than 800,000 jobs in the past an hour. The trick? Making sure decade. But there are scatpeople have the training tered job openings in cerand education to take tain occupations. The Lansing area has advantage of them. openings with information Lansing Community College is so convinced the technology companies setjobs are out there that it’s ting up shop or expanding. offering a money-back Health care jobs, from regguarantee for students if istered nurses on down, they don’t get an offer of also are available. “Even as bad as the full-time work in the state within a year of finishing economy is, you always have employers hiring,” one of the four programs. “There are many who said Doug Stites, director are discouraged about find- of Capital Area Michigan ing a job,” said LCC Presi- WORKS, a state-affiliated dent Brent Knight. “This work force development program is designed to agency. A problem is matching reach those people . . . We know there are occupa- up the unemployed, many

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