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Career & College Readiness in Northwest Michigan

The Educational Development Plan (EDP) Program is designed to enhance the State of Michigan requirements for all 8th-grade students to complete a plan where they identify a career goal and shape future decisions such as high school classes based upon that goal.  In order to enhance this process, the Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) of Northwest Michigan, in collaboration with Northwest Michigan Works!, felt it was important to start the career and self-exploration conversations early so that students have time to build soft skills, identify natural interests and talents and connect with career paths.  This project provides lesson plans to encourage students to prepare for their future as well as best practice career exploration events.   

Starting in elementary and continuing through high school, the EDP program creates an adaptive continuum of career and self-exploration that culminates in students finding a successful career path and filling the talent pipeline in the economy, hopefully, and most especially, that of Michigan's.

Watch this video to learn more about career exploration activities that can happen in schools alongside our career exploration lessons.



Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission