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MiCareerQuest Northwest 2021

At Northwest Michigan Works!, the safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. We are working closely with health professionals and state and community level response partners to assist in the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In order to best serve our communities, we have decided to make MiCareerQuest 2021 a virtual event. This decision was not made lightly and we place the safety of our students, exhibitors, and volunteers as the highest priority.

We appreciate the overwhelming community support and fully expect to have an engaging and successful event in 2021!


We are excited to announce that MiCareerQuest Northwest 2021 is a go for May 12th!

This will be an interactive, virtual event for 9th and 10th-grade students. We encourage all interested in learning more to attend our Kick-Off meeting on Wednesday, January 27 from 3-4:30 pm via ZOOM. Those attending will be able to interact with the platform to be used at the live event and see demonstrations of what virtual exhibits will look like. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. To RSVP and receive the ZOOM link, email susan.ward@networksnorthwest.org.

 

MiCareerQuest Northwest 2019 was held May 22 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City. The hands-on, career and college readiness event gave 2000 9th grade students from 30 Northwest Michigan school districts the opportunity to interact with 60 employers representing 100 occupations.

MiCareerQuest Northwest 2019 exposed students to exciting careers and endless possibilities! Students had the chance to:

  • Talk one-on-one with experts from the region’s high-demand industries
  • Touch, feel and work with the tools and technology of the trades
  • Walk away with in-depth and practical knowledge of today’s workplaces

Watch this video to find out more about MiCareerQuest Northwest 2019.

 

For information about MiCareerQuest Northwest, please email Susan Ward.

 

HISTORY

MiCareerQuest™ was created in 2015 by Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties (now 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.

CORE PHILOSOPHY

MiCareerQuest™ is an employer-driven event. Employer champions - assisted by Michigan Works! 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.

 

“Filling tomorrow’s talent pipeline is directly dependent on engaging today’s youth. It is important our students have an understanding and appreciation for locally and regionally available occupations. MiCareerQuest is an incredible opportunity to bring employer and student together. No other event offers such a hands-on interactive career exploration experience. Students leave better informed, more aware, and highly energized for Northwest Michigan’s in-demand industries.”
Terry Vandercook
Director
Northwest Michigan Works!

“With an aging workforce on the brink of retirement, employers are concerned about their future workforce. We need to expose youth to a variety of occupations and career pathways now so that they’re aware of all the possibilities that exist for careers in West Michigan’s high-demand industries. MiCareerQuest allows students to talk with professionals, ask questions, use tools of the trade. It gets them thinking about what kind of work might appeal to them and informs decisions that impact their future.”
 
Jacob Maas
Chief Executive Officer
West Michigan Works!

“Career exploration needs to be an integrated approach and a multidisciplinary concept. Extending career exploration beyond the walls of the school and creating opportunities for students to engage with business professionals is so important. MiCareerQuest provides students with these critical opportunities, focusing on the highest-demand fields, and providing them with an environment in which they can explore different career paths, by conducting fun experiments.”
Wanda Stokes
Director
Talent Investment Agency

 

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