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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 the flyer

Coming to Northeast Michigan in May 2019

Event will be held at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway

ATTENTION - SCHOOL REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER

MiCareerQuest Northeast, the region's largest interactive career exploration event for high school and middle school students, is coming next spring. 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.


History

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.