New event giving 4,400 youth hands-on career exploration
LANSING, Mich. – Picture students standing on the floor of the Lansing Center learning to code from a computer science engineer, developing a Snapchat
filter with a social media manager and drawing blood from a manikin while a nurse helps guide them. Well that’s exactly what MiCareerQuest Capital Area had in store for the expected 4,400 regional students on Friday, April 26, 2019.
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Jeffrey Mosher attended a press event and media tours at the Lansing Center.
Brief remarks that morning were delivered by Mayor Andy Schor, City of Lansing; Edythe Copeland of Capital Area Michigan Works!; Stephanie Beckhorn of the Michigan Talent and Economic Development Department; Sherry Pfaff-Doody of Sparrow Health System; and Chris Holman, T3 co-chair.
Jeffrey also spoke with students attending the event with upwards of 5,000 from across mid-Michigan on hand in the state capitol that day, seeing what career paths dozens of companies from the area could match them up with.
The hands-on career exploration event is designed to pique students’ interests and expose them to jobs they may have never heard of or considered before, particularly those in-demand right here in the region. More than 70 local businesses have signed up to be true partners in this event, taking part in the quadrant aligned with their work, helping plan the activities, and attending the event to create meaningful, fun, exciting experiences for students from districts throughout the area.
Exhibits were divided into four quadrants: Health Sciences and Human Services; Business, Information Technology, Arts and Communications; Natural Resources and Agriscience; and Manufacturing, Engineering and Industrial Technology.
Each quadrant’s exhibits engage employers and students in activities designed to expose students to a variety of occupations and career paths available in our region and beyond. “Many of our local school districts, intermediate school districts and regional educational service agencies, education nonprofits, economic development community, workforce network, colleges and universities have stepped forward to lead and contribute to this monumental undertaking,” said Julie Fick, Chief Education Officer at Capital Area Michigan Works! and facilitator of T3: Teach.Talent.Thrive. MiCareerQuest Capital Area is the fourth regional MiCareerQuest effort in the state.
“If cities such as Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo can do this for their kids, we can do it for ours. Greater Lansing’s kids deserve this kind of exposure to hands-on career exploration and to know what possibilities lie in their futures,” said Edythe Copeland, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works!.
MiCareerQuest Capital Area is being spearheaded by Teach. Talent. Thrive., or T3, a network of connected assets created to support education and talent development in the capital area. T3 is committed to helping the capital area become the exemplary STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) region in America. For more, visit teachtalentthrive.org.