Career Jump Start - September 16, 2014

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Career Jump Start Newsletter

September 16, 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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SkillsUSA, along with Career Jump Start, helps students discover and grow their career passions.

Skills USA

As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. 

The nationwide career and technical student organization (CTSO) annually serves more than 320,000 high school, college and postsecondary students-and their instructors-in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. CTE is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 10.5 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA Michigan has over 4,700 members in 101 high schools, technical centers and colleges across the state.   Every April, the SkillsUSA Michigan State Leadership and Skills Conference is held in Grand Rapids.  Approximately 500 business and industry leaders coordinate nearly 80 skill and leadership contests that they have prepared for the 1,500 student contestants from across Michigan.

These are entry-level, hands-on skill contests, evaluated by the same industry leaders who prepare them. The contests are based on industry driven occupational skill standards. Business partners work throughout the school year to plan the competitive events and many of them hire their new employees right off the competition floor.

The SkillsUSA Michigan awards ceremony showcases the top students in each contest. Generous industry leaders donate thousands of dollars in prizes in the form of scholarships, tools, reference manuals and training aids for the winners and their schools. First place winners from each division in most contests are offered the opportunity to represent Michigan at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

For more information about SkillsUSA, go to  For more information about SkillsUSA Michigan, go to

Manufacturing Day 2014

Manufacturing Day 2014

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. 

By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

There are many MFG DAY events planned throughout Michigan in 2014. 

To see the complete list of MFG DAY events in Michigan, click here. 

Michigan Advanced Technician Training Informational Session

MAT2 information session

Mechatronic Technician Academy to Hold September 17 Graduation Ceremony

Kalamazoo Valley MechatronicsKalamazoo Valley Mechatronics

In industry, team members capable of working on equipment which melds automation, electrical
and mechanical components are highly valued and sought after. Some call mechatronics the
newest skilled trade rightly taking its place alongside electricians and millwrights. The 
Mechatronic Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center provides the areas only
fast-track, hands-on program to prepare graduates for this exciting new field of work.

The Mechatronic Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Groves Center
will hold a graduation ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, at the Groves
Campus. The graduates of the 20-week-long program include Jack Flynn of Kalamazoo; Carlos
Jimenez of Kalamazoo; Patrick Kibler of Paw Paw; David Kinsey of Parchment; and Thimothy
Skirnski of Holland, MI.

The Mechatronic Technician Academy provides fast paced, competency-based training to
prepare students for in-demand careers as mechatronic technicians. The training requires a full
time commitment with the opportunity to be job ready in less than six months. Participants attend
class Monday through Friday, 8 hours each day for 20 weeks. 

Through a combination of hands-on learning experiences and in class lecture, these highly skilled
technicians master the competencies needed to work on all types of advanced machinery and
combined systems which include electrical devices, control systems, mechanical equipment and
fluid power systems.

Applications are available for the next course, which will begin on January 20, 2015.

Career Expo at North Central Michigan College

North Central Michigan College Career Expo

The Career Expo is scheduled for Friday, October 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be taking place at North Central Michigan College. 

The purpose of the event is to offer an opportunity for over 400 students from the local high schools to explore a variety of businesses and companies that correlate with the Michigan Career Pathways (Arts, Communication, Business, Management, Marketing, Technology, Engineering/Manufacturing, Industrial Technology, Health Sciences, Human Services, Natural Sciences, and Agriscience).  

The event is being sponsored by Career Jump Start, Charlevoix Emmet Intermediate School District, North Central Michigan College, and Northwest Michigan Works.  Please keep in mind that the focus is not geared towards a job fair setting, rather a focus on career exploration.

To learn more, contact Jim Tisdel at 231.348.6822 or

Kalamazoo Valley Mechatronic

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