Oakland Community College is partnering with the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation and a network of Michigan community colleges
to educate high school students about training opportunities in high demand
The Career Jump Start Program is intended to address the
critical talent gap facing Michigan employers promoting high-demand career
paths to students. The program was created as a response to feedback from the
Governor’s Economic and Education Summits, which took place earlier this year. OCC
was a host site for one of the summits this fall.
The initiative will educate students about associate
degree programs, apprenticeships and other training opportunities in these
occupations through a network of Michigan community colleges, Michigan Works!
agencies, employers, trade unions and chambers of commerce.
“OCC’s strengths lie in evaluating and meeting the
training needs of employers in our community,” said OCC Chancellor Dr. Timothy
R. Meyer. “We want to do everything we can help students achieve their goals
while strengthening our local community.”
OCC will house “career liaison specialists” who will
provide resources to high school counselors, administrators, parents and teachers
about post-high school training programs in high-demand occupations.
“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,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “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
“Talent is the new currency in economic development. By
making Michigan students aware of today’s high-demand jobs and the training
programs that will prepare them for those jobs, we are ensuring the continued
growth of Michigan’s economy,” said Michael A. Finney, president and CEO of the
MEDC. “Career Jump Start is focused on meeting employer needs and will support ways to connect employers,
educators and students, building Michigan's workforce together.”
Career liaisons will be housed at OCC, Alpena Community
College, Bay de Noc 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
To learn more about the Career Jump Start program, visit http://www.mitalent.org/career-jump-start/
Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent
and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the
Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s
marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with
a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives,
visit: MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan
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With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC is
Michigan’s largest community colleges and the 23rd largest in the
nation. OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields,
including university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal
arts. Approximately 78,000 undergraduates attend OCC each year.