Talent / Youth
Students Learn About Local Jobs in Cadillac
More than 200 Cadillac High School Freshmen toured Piranha Hose and Rexair to learn about local job opportunities, especially the skilled trades. Northwest Michigan Works! helped facilitate the event. Watch the video to find out more.
Students Learn About Local Career Options at Emmet County Expo
Northwest Michigan Works! participated in the Emmet County Career Expo held at the Petoskey High School. The event gave more than 500 local high school students the opportunity to meet with over 50 local employers and education and training providers. Watch the video to find out more.
Employer Expo Exposes Students to Careers in Cadillac Area
The annual Employer Expo and Job Fair at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center in Cadillac gave 600 students the opportunity to meet with 40 local employers. Northwest Michigan Works! participated in the event which was hosted by the Tech Center and the Cadillac Area Manufacturers Association. Watch the video to find out more.
Lighthouse School Students Tour Armor Express
Students from the Beaver Island Lighthouse School went on a Talent Tour at Armor Express in Central Lake to learn about the body armor manufacturer and job opportunities there. The Talent Tour is part of the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates program being used at the Lighthouse School. Watch the video to find out more.
High Schoolers Explore Career Options in Emmet County
Nearly 800 Emmet County high school students had the opportunity to learn about local jobs at a Career Expo in Petoskey. Representatives from 40 businesses and organizations participated in the event which was organized by Northwest Michigan Works!, North Central Michigan College, Char-Em ISD, and Career Jump Start. Watch the video to find out more.
Antrim and Kalkaska County Students Attend Career Expo
Northwest Michigan Works! and the local College Access Network organized a Career Expo to give Antrim and Kalkaska County high schoolers an opportunity to learn about local careers and the education and training needed for those careers. Watch the video to find out more.
Manistee County Career Expo
Launch Manistee organized its first Career Expo to give high school students an opportunity to learn about local employers and career opportunities. Watch the video to find out more.
Employer Expo Exposes Students to Career Opportunities in Cadillac
Northwest Michigan Works! participated in an Employer Expo and Job Fair at the Wexford-Missaukee Career-Tech Center (CTC) in Cadillac. The Expo gave students a chance to meet over 30 local employers and other exhibitors. The event was sponsored by the CTC, Cadillac Area Manufacturers Association, and the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. Watch the video to find out more.
Students Learn About Career Opportunities at Charlevoix Career Expo
Hundreds of high school students had the opportunity to meet representatives from nearly 50 businesses and organizations at the 2nd Annual Career Expo in Charlevoix. The event was sponsored by Northwest Michigan Works!, Career Jump Start, Char-Em ISD, and North Central Michigan College, and gave the students an opportunity to learn about local career opportunities. Watch the video to find out more.
Wexford-Missaukee County Students Learn About Job Variety at a Prominent Manistee Resort
Students from the Hospitality, Retailing, and Entrepreneurship program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center participated in a Talent Tour at the Little River Casino Resort near Manistee. The tour gave the students an opportunity to learn about marketing, hospitality, and culinary careers. Watch the video to learn more.
"[The Talent Tour] shows us exactly what we can do, because in the classroom you're just learning out of book and you don't actually get to experience it." said Rachel Makowski, marketing student.
"I learned that there is a lot more marketing that goes into it that we don't know about, that they have to do a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff for everything to take place," said marketing student Kenzie Voorhees.
"To be honest I didn't really think about jobs at a casino before; it just never really crossed my mind. [Today's tour] shows now that stuff like marketing, retailing, and stuff like that have a bigger impact than I thought they did. And it shows that a career in something like this might be a good choice," said student Peter Suski.
Manistee County Students Learn About Careers in Welding and Fabrication
Students from two Manistee County schools participated in a Talent Tour that gave them the opportunity to learn about careers in welding and fabrication. The students were from Brethren and Bear Lake high schools and also attend the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center. They visited Armor Signs in Manistee, Metalline in Eastlake, and Silverline in Wellston. Northwest Michigan Works! Youth Advisor Cheryl Wolfram said the students were especially fascinated by the welded sculptures at Silverline.
Welding Students Tour Cadillac Castings
On November 21, 2014, forty-five students from the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center’s welding class toured Cadillac Castings Inc., (CCI). The company is an industry leader in the manufacturing of ductile iron castings. The facility touts unparalleled technological advancements and innovation resulting from employees’ ideas and input at every level. For young people looking toward their future careers, CCI exemplifies dynamic, technology-driven manufacturing. For many, jobs in manufacturing may be a viable choice for a rewarding, long-term profession. CCI is one of many manufacturing companies which set straight the persistent misconception that factories are low-tech, low-skilled places to work that do not pay very well.
On the tour, students learned about the rich history of the company, the advancement in technology and equipment, and the process for making ductile iron castings. The students were surprised at the longevity of the company’s employees with only a 1.5% turnover rate. They were also impressed with the company’s commitment to continuous learning and training of its employees. The tour guide stressed the need to be safety trained and safety conscious in today’s manufacturing world. Students were shown that those with certifications including basic first aid, occupational safety classes, and basic welding would be highly considered for available job openings at the time of their application.
Approximately 70 students from three Antrim County schools learned about careers in manufacturing when they participated in a Talent Tour at Anchor Lamina in Bellaire. The tour was organized by Northwest Michigan Works! and involved students from Bellaire, Central Lake, and Mancelona.
Anchor Lamina is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of tool, die, and mold components for the metal working and plastics industries. Along with the plant in Bellaire, the company also has facilities in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Anchor Lamina is part of a growing number of manufacturers who are concerned about the present and future shortage of manufacturing trades talent.
Students on the Talent Tour were able to observe the manufacturing process first hand and watched several robots in action. Many students commented on how large the factory was. Students had questions about the pay and benefits the company provides and chances for longevity and advancement. Staff from Anchor Lamina also briefed students on what kind of academic skills were needed for most of their positions and the importance of a good work ethic. Anchor Lamina staff also stressed that there are good-paying jobs available in the manufacturing industry that do not require a college education.
“The students were very engaged on this tour and asked a lot of questions about careers in the manufacturing industry,” said Aaron Sue Meyer, Northwest Michigan Works! Youth Advisor. “We hope that some of the students will decide in the future on manufacturing as a career.”
Students Tour Cadillac Businesses to Learn About CAD Careers
Over 150 students from schools in the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District toured three businesses in Cadillac to learn about careers in Computer Aided Design (CAD). Northwest Michigan Works! participated in the event which was organized by the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center and Baker College of Cadillac, and included a CAD open house for the community. More: http://www.networksnorthwest.org/business/news/news-article.html/428/
Students Explore Career Options on Manufacturing Day Plant Tours
Northwest Michigan Works! participated in a Manufacturing Day hosted by Northwestern Michigan College in cooperation with local manufacturers. The event gave 250 high school students the opportunity to tour manufacturing facilities and learn about careers in manufacturing.
Students Explore Career Options at East Jordan Career Expo
The first East Jordan Career Expo gave local high school students an opportunity to meet 35 employers and learn about a variety of career options. The event was sponsored by Northwest Michigan Works, the Char-Em ISD, East Jordan Public Schools, the East Jordan Chamber of Commerce, and the Career Jump Start program.
Talent Tour Helps Students Learn About Careers in Manufacturing
A group of Kalkaska area high school students visited Kalkaska Screw Products and Coding Products as part of a Northwest Michigan Works! Talent Tour. The event was designed to help the students learn about local career opportunities in manufacturing.
Talent Tour Helps Students Learn About Culinary Careers
High school students and recent graduates involved with Northwest Michigan Works! Youth Education and Employment Services (YES) went on a Talent Tour in Traverse City to learn about culinary careers. The students visited the Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College and Copper Falls Restaurant. Watch the video to find out more.