Career Jump Start - August 19, 2014

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Career Jump Start Newsletter

August 19, 2014

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Welcome to the Career Jump Start Newsletter. You're receiving this newsletter because we thought it may be of interest to you. If at any time you wish to be removed from this mailing list, you're welcome to unsubscribe by visiting the link at the bottom of the newsletter. We will send this newsletter periodically. 

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eLearning Soft Skills Program

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The essential skills program is a series of courses that were created as a recommendation from Governor Snyder’s Economic Summit with funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Content and subject matter expertise were provided by Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition from their 2012 report: Lifelong Soft Skills Framework.

Soft skills are critical in finding and getting a career. Often they play a more important part in landing a job then the experience of an individual. Pure Michigan Talent Connect and Career Jump Start support the effort to improve and refine these skills through 14 on-line video and instruction.

The goal of this Lifelong Soft Skills eLearning series is to raise awareness among students and employees about key skills needed for workplace success. It encourages and suggests attributes that employers are looking for, and is not intended to address employer practices or labor management relations.
The four categories that these videos focus on are:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity

Check out the complete series here

Healthcare Programs at St. Clair County Community College


St. Clair County Community College, located in Port Huron, has many different Associate degree and certificate programs for students interested in Healthcare careers. 

Associate Degrees

Training/Professional Development


St. Clair County Community College's vision is to create an academic and cultural environment that empowers students to succeed. To see a full list of their degrees and programs, click here. 

Consumers Energy, Oakland Schools Offer Natural Gas Boot Camp To Train, Hire High School Graduates

Consumers Energy

A natural gas boot camp program between Consumers Energy and Oakland Schools is helping the energy company meet a critical employment need while providing marketable skills and permanent jobs to interested high school graduates.   

“This partnership with Oakland Schools is a win-win for all. Part of our promise to Michigan is to help create good-paying technical jobs like the ones offered through successful graduation from this natural gas boot camp,” said Daniel Malone, senior vice president of distribution operations, engineering and transmission for Consumers Energy.  

Fourteen students successfully completed the six-week course designed in partnership with Oakland Schools and modeled after the Midwest Energy Association courses.

The boot camp was taught by an Oakland Schools Technical Campus instructor, and the 102-module course curriculum included safety education, understanding natural gas properties, utility construction as well as learning specific tasks performed by gas service technicians. Daily physical conditioning was part of the program to help prepare students for the physical aspect of these positions.

Consumers Energy provided subject matter experts throughout the boot camp and participated in mock job interviews with students.

Natural gas boot camp graduates who pass all pre-employment testing will be offered related positions with Consumers Energy. The next natural gas boot camp will begin this fall.

Internship Program Development Training for Agribusiness and Manufacturing Employers

Internship Program
  • How can Michigan stop the outsourcing of our young and talented individuals?
  • How can your business play a part in the cultivation of fundamental workforce skills and attitudes for the next generation of workers?
  • As your workforce begins to retire, who will replace them?
  • Tried interns in the past but didn’t get the results you were looking for?

Amanda Dumond, director of talent initiatives at PrimaCivitas, shares her experience on the topic of hosting
high-quality internship programs and explains how this opportunity can benefit your business, as well as your

By the end of the program, you will have everything you need to begin hosting an internship, or to tune-up an existing internship program. You’ll have the tools to give local students hands-on experiences and prepare them for future careers in agribusiness or manufacturing. Tapping into Southwest Michigan’s talent pool is easy; join us on September 17th and talk directly with internship coordinators from southwest Michigan’s colleges and universities as well as workforce and economic development leaders who can help you explore the potential impact of internships on your to-do list and your bottom line.

Click here to learn more about the Internship Program Development Training. 
RSVP by Friday, September 12:
Ryan Soucy, 269.925.1137, ext. 1513,

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