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Career Connections MTI Industries


For Employers

Since 1989, Career Connections has been helping local businesses meet their staffing needs, providing motivated, enthusiastic workers.

Hiring employees through Career Connections makes good business sense. The advantages include:

  • Saving time and money in searching for employees.

  • Reduced turnover.

  • Economic incentives such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

  • Ongoing system of support to help resolve employee issues and ensure greater job retention, i.e. job coaches provided at no cost.

  • Helping businesses develop a motivated and diverse workforce; in the long run, everyone wins.


Serving Industries Since 1970

MTI Industries helps area factories and businesses meet their production quotas and deadlines.

MTI Industries seeks out and bids for contracted jobs, and then work is either brought in to MTI Industries’ own factory/production facility, or workers are taken to the contracted facility to perform the job on-site.

Advantages for using the services of MTI Industries include:

  • Cost effectiveness.

  • Dependability.

  • Quality work.

  • No extra staffing requirements on-site; MTI Industries provides it’s own staff.

  • No extra hiring paperwork; MTI Industries is the employer of record.

  • Pick-up and delivery of work is always available for on-site contracts.

Career Connections has provided integrated supported employment services to over 200 people since it’s inception in 1989.

Career Connections currently works with a variety of businesses in southwest Michigan, including:

  • Village Markets

  • Wendy’s Restaurants

  • McDonald’s Restaurants

  • Burger King Restaurants

  • Harding’s Friendly Markets

  • Dollar General

  • Hartford Shell Mart

  • Family Dollar

  • Van Buren Delivery Service

  • Mancino’s Restaurant

MTI Industries has served many area businesses since 1970, most recently including:

  • Benteler Automotive

  • E-S Enterprises

  • Eliason Corporation

  • GTE North

  • Tri-Star Molding

  • DeGroot, Inc.

  • Western Promotions, Inc.

  • DeGrandchamps

  • Hartmann Plantation

  • Just Jill’s Crafty Accessories

Heidi Mayer
MTI Industries and Career Connections Supervisor
(269) 427-6667
E-mail: hmayer@vbcmh.com

Career Connections Employment Consultants & MTI Industries
P.O. Box 177
34276 52nd Street
Bangor, MI 49013-0177
FAX: (269) 427-8618

Employment Consultants & MTI INDUSTRIES
Serving area businesses since 1970

For Consumers

  • Career Connections and MTI Industries are employment programs of Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority.

  • Eligible individuals must be adult clients of Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority.

  • Services are individualized, and based on the wishes and goals of the consumer, using a Person-Centered process that helps optimize their ability to make informed choices.

  • Services are delivered as a Team, which includes the consumers Supports Coordinators, as well as others involved in the life of the consumer, such as: family members, therapists, home providers, Career Connections & MTI staff, Voc-Rehab Counselor(s) from Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), etc.

  • Various levels of support are provided to consumers as they pursue their desired employment goals within these two employment programs.

  • Other employment services may be available through the Michigan Department of Career Development – Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

Employment Consultants

Career Connections MTI Industries Career Connections (CC) has been part of the Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority since 1989. Since that time, the program has provided supported employment services to over 250 people.

CC provides services as part of your Community Mental Health Person-Centered Planning Team. Our mission is to help you in your goals of finding and keeping a job that matches your interests and skills.

CC provides individualized employment or employment-related supports to persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness & other disabilities. These supports include:

  • Job Development services.

  • Job Coaching services, at the job site,

  • Consulting & implementation services for consumers wishing to be self-employed through their own micro-enterprise business.

  • Employer & co-worker education & advocacy services regarding the employment of persons with disabilities


Career Connections MTI Industries MTI Industries is also part of the Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority, serving local businesses and factories since 1970.

MTI Industries (MTI) provides adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness with a paid work experience on-site or other related work setting. Work is contracted with local companies, and the work is either brought into MTI for completion, or workers are taken to the contracted facility to perform the job. Persons employed through MTI receive bi-weekly paychecks, based on a piece-rate pay scale.

Several trained Instructors are available to work directly with the consumer in a group format. These Instructors help consumers strive toward improving their work skills, their rate of production, etc..

There are also several professional staff available to assist in overcoming medical, physical, and psychological barriers (Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Therapist, Registered Nurse, and Psychologist).

Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority
An Affiliate of
Venture Behavioral Health
Tel: (269) 657-5574

24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-922-1418

801 Hazen Street , Suite C
P.O. Box 249
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Recipient Rights Representative
(269) 782-7604

Our Mission is to Offer Prevention, Assessment, Crisis Intervention, Treatment and Support to help people meet their own chosen life and work goals.  

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  An Equal Opportunity Employer