A new program in Michigan will help connect recent high school graduates with more options for training opportunities, associate degree programs and apprenticeships for in-demand occupations. The Career Jump Start Program works to address the critical talent gap facing Michigan employers by promoting training programs to students considering post-high school career options. The program hosts career events at local high schools to get students involved. Community Colleges in 10 regions around the state also help by housing “career liaison specialists.” The specialists provide high school counselors, administrators and parents with resources to educate students on in-demand career training opportunities. The careers available are in many different fields including business, hospitality, health care, education and more. Since the program launed in Decmber, it has connected with more than 250,000 students from 690 school districts around Michigan and enlisted 838 employers. For more information visit the career jump start website http://www.mitalent.org/career-jump-start/.
By: Claire Fodell