Career Jump Start - October 14, 2014

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october 14, 2014

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Detroit Registered Apprentice Program


The Detroit Registered Apprentice Program (D-RAP) is designed to assist in Detroit’s economic recovery enabling workers to acquire the technical skills necessary to succeed in today’s 21st Century knowledge economy.

D-RAP supports Detroit’s efforts to promote training that will lead to career employment based on the U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeable occupations that meet current and emerging industry needs.

The goal is to ensure that Michigan’s employers have skilled workers in order to compete and grow in an increasingly competitive global economy. D-RAP’s participant program workforce structure includes: Customized Readiness Training, testing and assessment, employment pre-screening and placement.

Click here for more details about program requirements and the application process, or talk to a career advisor about other technical training opportunities available.

Manufacturing Day shows students high-tech jobs

Kalamazoo Manufacturing Day

On October 3rd, Kinexus hosted Southwest Michigan’s second annual Manufacturing Day event bringing together over 600 students, educators, manufacturers, and other community members. Activities included tours of Mach Mold, Gaishin Manufacturing, and Maximum Mold in addition to lean manufacturing workshops presented by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. 

Fifteen exhibitors from the manufacturing industry and career and technical education showed off robots, miniature CNC machines, and videos of their products and processes. This was one of over 1,600 events throughout the country. National Manufacturing Day was established three years ago to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. 

Operation: SERVE Nov. 5 at SHU

SERVE Career Expo

Siena Heights University invites employers and job seekers to the fifth annual Operation: SERVE (Students, Employment, Resources, Veterans, Education) community and career expo Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the Adrian campus.

The event is a partnership between SHU, South Central Michigan Works! and Monroe County Community College. It is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the SHU Fieldhouse. Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

We are proud to bring this opportunity to the communities in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee and Monroe counties.  Operation: SERVE focuses on employment and available resources for all job seekers. 

Last year there were approximately 75 employers and service providers in attendance.

For more information about Operation: SERVE, please contact Melissa Growden at or 517-264-7614.


Med Certs

MedCerts is a distance learning initiative to provide self-paced, user-friendly multimedia, simulations, and more importantly, mentored learning assistance from expert instructors and certification professionals. Our comprehensive video-based training programs provide students with the knowledge and skills required to obtain nationally and internationally recognized certifications in growing specialized Healthcare and IT fields.

Our mission is to prepare students and workers for high-demand jobs and careers. To this effect, our instructors develop and offer individualized short-duration training courses in health information systems administration---including information technology (IT) and medical administrative assistant certifications.

We provide the necessary skills to earn nationally and internationally recognized certifications in high-demand areas. The main beneficiaries of the program are the underemployed, unemployed, disabled, dislocated workers and students. But, also individuals interested in changing careers or improving their information-age skills.

The short programs (3-6 months) are taught using innovative, friendly, mentor-assisted, self-paced learning technologies. So, students and participants can set their own learning schedule and pace depending on their needs and career goals.

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