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Career Expo

Workforce Challenge

Michigan Works Northeast Consortium organizes Career Expos to be held at local high schools so that businesses can educate students about available opportunities. These efforts respond to the need to start early to develop a pipeline of future workers. Michigan Works also partners with local continuing education partners to describe education and career paths to students for the local opportunities. It is hoped that with these efforts, youth will be aware of and pursue local career paths and employment.

Workforce Solution

In October 2016, more than 400 students at Inland Lakes School in grades 6 through 12 attended a half-day Career Expo. Students were able to meet with area employers and continuing education partners to learn about career paths and available careers in the area.

The Career Expo was coordinated by Michigan Works Business Services. Approximately 12 local businesses were represented, and North Central Michigan College parked its 'Fab Lab' (fabrication lab) in front of the school for all students to visit and learn about CNC career opportunities.

Outcomes & Benefits

Inland Lakes Dean of Students, Elizabeth Fairbanks, thanked participating partners: "We look forward to offering this opportunity to our students again next fall. We greatly appreciate our community and the support you provide to our school."

Students' feedback was also positive, with comments such as, "I learned about so many businesses in our area that I didn't know before," and "This career day made me start to think about my future."


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