in Escanaba is going to be one of ten Michigan community colleges that will be part of the Career Jump Start Program, designed to link students with career training opportunities.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation
announced the new program, which will be linked to a network of community colleges across Michigan to help train workers for the jobs that are available.
"Today, too few workers have the skills needed to meet the demands of employers in the new economy. One of the most common issues is around the lack of knowledge that high school students have about in-demand careers and training programs," says Gov. Rick Snyder of the program. "Through the Career Jump Start program, we will encourage students to consider training opportunities that will provide them with critical work skills for those high-demand careers."
The Career Jump Start Program
will educate high school students about options outside of four-year colleges, like associate's degrees, apprenticeship and other job training programs for occupations that are in high demand. Michigan Works! agencies, trade unions, chambers of commerce and employers all will be part of the process, linking resources to students and ultimately, creating the employees Michigan needs.
A mainstay of the program is a new career liaison specialist position at each college, who will focus on linking high school students to post-graduation training programs.
The others are located at Alpena Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College and The Workforce Intelligence Network.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation