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A hands-on career readiness event for middle and high school students created to inspire and direct young people to viable careers in high-demand occupations and to address the need for future talent. view general flyer  |  view flyer for schools

Coming to Northeast Michigan May 28, 2019

Event will be held at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway


  • Schools can register per the link above.
  • Registration will close April 1, or when all available student slots are filled.
  • Schools can select from 3 session times: 9am-10:30am, 10:50am-12:20pm, 12:40pm-2:10pm
  • Schools with the longest commute will be given priority for the 10:50am-12:20pm time slot
  • Register as many students as you'd like, but please note, through Feb 1 we will only guarantee spots for 50 students per school. Feb 2-March 1 we will open registration to allow another 50 per school (if needed). March 2-April 1 we will open registration completely to fill all available spaces. We are doing this to ensure all schools have a fair chance of sending at least 50 students. We urge schools to register as early as possible.
  • Home-schooled students interested in participating should contact their local school district.
  • If transportation/busing is a concern, Michigan Works! may be able to help with transportation assistance.

MiCareerQuest Northeast, the region's largest interactive career exploration event for high school and middle school students, is coming this May. It promises to expose students to a broad range of exciting, rewarding career opportunities as they prepare for their futures!

Hundreds of students from Alpena, Alcona, Cheboygan, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego, and Presque Isle counties will be meeting with working professionals who have built successful careers in a variety of fields. In addition, young people will have the opportunity to touch, feel and work with the equipment, tools and technology used by people every day in a broad range of in-demand jobs.

The goal is to connect classroom learning with real-world jobs and their requirements. Students also will discover engaging workplace opportunities, such as internships, job shadowing and more.

There is no cost to students to attend the event.

Core Philosophy

MiCareerQuest is an employer-driven event. Employer Champions - assisted by Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium staff - drive employer participation and the creation of student activities.

MiCareerQuest engages students through one-on-one conversations with professionals and hands-on activities that allow students to experience and hopefully, spark an interest in, the various careers. Regional ISDs drive student participation.

The Event

Students will rotate through quadrants highlighting four industries: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Healthcare, and Technology. Students participate hands-on at interactive exhibits showcasing various occupations and tools-of-the-trade. Students engage in conversations with professionals who do these jobs every day, opening students' eyes to opportunities for great careers in Northeast Michigan.

The Exhibits

Employer Champions for each industry work with regional employers to develop interactive exhibits highlighting the industry and utilizing the tools-of-the-trade. Exhibits should be fun and engaging for ages 13018, illustrating some aspect of the career they are highlighting. Unlike career expos and job fairs, this event isn't meant to hand out corporate marketing materials or advertise job openings, but to introduce the workforce of tomorrow to opportunities they may never have known existed and get them excited about the industries. Tips for Creating a Great Exhibit

Support for MiCareerQuest

There is no cost to individual employers to participate in MiCareerQuest, but each industry is responsible for raising funds. The remainder of the costs associated with hosting MiCareerQuest are covered by funding secured by Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium and event sponsors who understand the importance of exposing young people to career opportunities in our region.

In addition to industry funding and sponsorships, MiCareerQuest relies on in-kind donations and volunteers.

MiCareerQuest offers a wide variety of opportunities for businesses and organizations to invest in the future of Northeast Michigan. Your support of MiCareerQuest 2019 will provide important, one-of-a-kind exposure to career opportunities to hundreds of students. Your support will affirm your commitment to preparing our youth for viable careers AND lifelong learning. Sponsorship Opportunities


MiCareerQuest™ was created in 2015 by West Michigan Works!, Kent ISD, and the Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA) in response to employers' need for future talent in Construction, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Manufacturing.