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MiCareerQuest Northwest

MiCareerQuest Northwest 2023 will be held in-person on May 11 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
Registration for employers, schools, and volunteers will be open until March 17.
Please click on the links below to register.
Exhibitor Registration 
School Registration
Volunteer Registration

For more information, please contact Susan Ward at

Click on the image below to download a Save the Date flyer for MiCareerQuest Northwest 2023.

MiCareerQuest Northwest 2022 was held in-person on May 12 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center

2,000 ninth graders from 30 northern Michigan school districts learned about local career options at MiCareerQuest Northwest May 12 in Traverse City. The hands-on career exploration event featured 50 employers and more than 100 occupations in fields including manufacturing, construction, agriculture, hospitality, healthcare, IT, human services, and more. 

“MiCareerQuest Northwest is an invaluable opportunity for area 9th graders to explore the fantastic array of career opportunities, apprenticeships, and educational options available right here in northern Michigan," said Jody Hansen, Investor Engagement Administrator at Traverse Connect. “It was fantastic to hear kids say, "I can picture myself doing this" as they interacted with employers and the hands-on activities. What a great resource put together by Networks Northwest!”

"It was a wonderful experience and it opened my eyes to a lot of different career opportunities," said Katie Sutton, a student at Cadillac Innovation High School.

“This is a great opportunity for students to be able to explore a variety of career fields as they begin to make their career choice,” said Tim Rigling, Director of Career and Technical Education at the Wexford-Missaukee ISD. “MiCareerQuest offers the opportunity to talk to professionals about these careers directly from the experts.”

Watch the video below to learn more about MiCareerQuest Northwest 2022.

The Virtual MiCareerQuest Northwest 2021 was held on May 12.
Hundreds of 9th and 10th grade students had the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers by connecting online with nearly 50 employers and training providers.
Thousands of other students will be able to watch videos of the employer presentations recorded during the live event.
To view those videos visit the MiCareerQuest Northwest Video Library by clicking on the link below.

Virtual MiCareerQuest Northwest 2021 Video Library


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.



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.


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
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
Talent Investment Agency


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