Career Jump Start - October 28, 2014

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october 28, 2014

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Code ReConnect: .NET

Are you seeking employment in a high-growth industry but lack the skills and credentials needed for the job? Code ReConnect is a technical training program designed to provide participants with high-level training to place them on a path to career success. 

Through Automation Alley’s Technical Talent Development Program (TTDP) – made possible by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration – Automation Alley, Kelly IT Resources, Michigan Works! Agencies of Oakland County and Oakland Community College are partnering to offer Code ReConnect. The goal is to select 12 to 16 candidates for participation. 

The information session for this program will be held Nov. 5 at Oakland Community College. The program will begin Jan. 5 and run through April 2 at the MTEC Facility, 2900 Featherstone Road, on Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus. Students will be expected to test for certification the week of March 9, following the completion of classes. 

Code ReConnect: .NET

Can't make the November 5th information session? Another will be held on November 10th! 

Hands-On Biofuel Learning Experience

There still are openings for K-12 student teams to compete in a Hands-On Biofuel Learning Experience through Prima Civitas and Michigan State University's Bioeconomy Institute.

Using a flexible curriculum, and supported by grant funding, classroom teachers will guide students as they create small batches of Biofuel, then scale-up their recipes during a field trip to MSU's Bioeconomy Institute. This is a wonderful opportunity for Michigan's students to learn about science, manufacturing and STEM careers.  

Registration deadline is Dec. 12, 2014. To register, or for more information, contact Arnold Weinfeld at Prima Civitas at or 517-708-4246.

PrimaCivitas Biofuel Learning

MCWT Foundation Announces Its 11th Annual Robofest Grant Opportunities For All-Girl Robofest Teams in Michigan

Michigan Council of Women in Technology

In partnership with Lawrence Tech University’s Robofest program, the MCWT Foundation is pleased to announce that four grants of $500 each are available to all-girl Robofest 2015 Teams from Michigan. Teams in grades 5 through 12 are eligible to apply for the grants. The application is here

The grant application is due no later than December 21, 2014. Winners will be announced in mid-January, 2015.

Questions about the grant application process may be emailed to

More information about the overall competition can be found at the official Robofest website:

MCWT offers annual $500 grants for up to six (6) all-girl robotics teams in grades 5 through 12. These teams compete in Robofest, an annual autonomous robotics contest that allows teams to showcase their STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) skills. Robofest challenges student teams to design, build and program LEGO robots to compete against other teams. District competitions begin annually in March. World Championships are held at Lawrence Technological University in May.

The MCWT Foundation is also accepting 2015 Scholarship Applications. Click here to learn more!

Discover yourself and find a career - Jim Tisdel

A job can be a very boring experience, especially if it is on the low side of compensation. A career is a life journey and a perspective on the current job as a stepping stone along your path. Your career may make several changes in direction along the way and is future driven. (Just because you are a server in a restaurant today doesn’t mean your next step might be a front desk manager at a hotel in your future.) If you view your next step in your career. Possibly from there you will find helping people is really what you enjoy doing, and your next job may be in healthcare. Your career journey only needs your commitment to make the steps, to obtain your next goal. That is where you will find the pleasure of a career.

I often hear from individuals of all ages, “I don’t know what I want to do”. They may be posed a question like, “What do you enjoy doing”, and give an answer, “I don’t know”. I don’t believe that is the case just that the knowledge of how to make these decisions have never been given any time to consider or develop. The truth is we all know who we really are. We think about ourselves multiple times a day but maybe not in a way to understand ourselves or really look at our skills and how to use them to gain a career.

There are several tools on the Internet to assist a person in finding a career path. O-Net is a wonderful site that will take you through a simple process of self-discovery and then point you to several possible career paths. More than that it will show you how to obtain that career and what compensations are for that career across the USA. Go to;

O Net

On the home page click the link to the right “at My Next Move”. Then on the next page that comes up click “I’m not Really Sure”, and do the simple questionnaire. At the end of the questionnaire you will get several possible career paths to follow. Look them up on the site and find some that gain your attention  or at least perk your interest.

You can also go into Michigan Works and ask for career support. They have individuals that can assist you in finding the right path, help with resume and interviews, and just be a guide on your path. Stop in at North Central Michigan College and ask for information on careers and support in finding your path. There are people and servers here to help, you just need to start thinking about your work as a career and where you’d like take your future.

There were over 4,000 jobs posted for hire in northwest Michigan in the last 90 days, and 967 posted here in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties, as reported by Burning Glass Labor Insights. These positons right here in our area range from the Arts to Manufacturing to Retail to Healthcare to Warehousing to Education to Finance and more.  Get that next position and think about it as a step in your career journey.

Education provides choices. Inform yourself and create a rewarding life.

To learn more, contact Jim Tisdel at

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