Duane Portee

Duane Portee

Academic Success Coach

Duane Portee is a native of Lansing, MI. He began his post-secondary education at Lansing Community College where he earned an Associate's Degree in Media Technology.  After years of starting and growing a family, he later resumed his education and earned a Bachelor's degree from Siena Heights University.

Over the last 11 years he has worked for 3 non-profit agencies at Capital Area Michigan Works! He worked 3 years with New Way Inc. as a Job Developer and Case manager with the state's pilot Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI) program. Over the next 5 years he was employed with Cristo Rey Community Center as an Employment Specialist under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program providing career assessment and guidance to Dislocated and low income workers. His last 3 years were spent working for Peckham, Inc. as a Career Coach under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ACT (WIOA) program assisting Dislocated and low income workers with training for careers in high demand occupations. During his years at Michigan Works! he completed a variety of human services trainings including Global Career Development Facilitator training.

In his spare time he likes to be with family and friends. He enjoys music, exercise and traveling to experience unique restaurants.