Career Jump Start - December 9, 2014

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december 9, 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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Learn how you can get involved with the Hour of Code!

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

When is the Hour of Code?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can't do it during that week, do it the week before or after).

Why computer science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on

How do I participate in the Hour of Code?

Sign up to host an Hour of Code event here and start planning. You can organize an Hour of Code event at your school or in your community — like in an extracurricular club, non-profit or at work. Or, just try it yourself when Dec. 8 arrives.

Do you have Frozen fans at home? Help them get interested in writing code by letting Anna and Elsa teach them! 

Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Informational Webinar

Attention Parents and Educators: Are you interested in learning about exciting, in-demand opportunities for your students to achieve a well-paying manufacturing or technology career, without the worry of tuition or a never-ending spiral of student loan debt?

If so, please join us on Wednesday, December 17 to learn more about the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program. Hosted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, this free webcast will share general information on the program, discuss individual training occupations, and show parents and educators how students can apply for this award-winning training program, all from the comfort of your own home! If you have a computer and an internet connection, you can view this free, live webcast from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17.

Please register for the webcast by contacting Ryan Hundt at For more information, please visit

MAT2 webinar

Get a Skill Get a Job

Get a Skill Get a Job

Participants accepted into Get a Skill, Get a Job will participate in a rigorous two-week, full-time training program. If they complete the program successfully, they will receive a certificate of completion verifying their competencies. If those who complete the program are unable to secure employment within 12 months, LCC will refund their cost. We expect entry into this program to be highly competitive. Applicants will be pre-screened to ensure the highest probability of their success and future employment.

Welding Basics for Entry Level Manufacturing

This is a beginning theory and practice course which will introduce the safe operations and applications of oxyacetylene, torch cutting, plasma cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding. Practice will consist of these methods of joining steel in the horizontal, flat and vertical positions. Destructive testing will also be provided.

Program areas include:

  • Welding Safety & Fundamentals
  • Oxyacetylene Cutting (OAC)
  • SMAW Fundamentals
  • SMAW E6010 and SMAW E7018
  • Plasma Arc & Air Carbon Arc Cutting
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding

Cost: $250 - Financial aid is available

Total Hours:  64 hours

Entry level Welding salaries range from $10-15 dollars an hour. Wages can increase, with education and experience to hourly earnings of cutters, solderers and brazers between $16-$17 per hour. As with all jobs, wages vary depending on education, experience and location.

When: December 29, 30, January 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Location: Lansing Community College West Campus facilities

Spartan Youth Programs

Spartan Youth Programs

Michigan State University's Spartan Youth Programs Web site displays a wide range of exciting opportunities for youth to improve their knowledge and skills in specific subject areas. Programs are available to serve all age ranges from pre-kindergarten to high school.

Browse the site to find descriptions of programs that interest you and your child. Each description includes complete contact information for your convenience. To register for a specific program, simply go to that program's Web site.

With well over 200 different programs covering topics in agriculture, art, business, computers, engineering, math, music, science, sports, study abroad, and writing, MSU is sure to have a program for every student. Pre-college programs are an excellent way for students to explore potential majors or careers while being introduced to the college environment.

  • Programs are offered during the summer and during the school year.
  • Several programs offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit.
  • Many programs offer students the opportunity to stay on the MSU campus during the program.
  • Financial Aid is available for some programs.

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