Career Jump Start Monthly Newsletter - February 2015

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Career Jump Start Newsletter

February 2015

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Applications Open for 2015 MAT² Program: Next Deadline April 15, 2015


Entering today’s high-tech job market is difficult. As a high school or college graduate, you’re at a disadvantage, competing with more experienced career professionals. But with the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program, you’re hired on the first day!

MAT2 matches your career goals with the needs of industry partners to produce a pipeline of educated and highly qualified technical employees. During the three-year program, you’ll alternate between classrooms, labs and your work site, gaining hands-on, marketable skills

MAT2 provides you with:

  • College tuition paid for by the employer
  • On-the-job training with pay
  • An associate degree in a high-tech, in-demand field
  • Job placement upon successful completion of the program

To learn more about how MAT2 can help spring you towards success for your future career in advanced manufacturing or technology, please visit Applications are now being accepted. The next application deadline is April 15, 2015. Individuals may still apply after the application deadline. However, applicants increase their chances of being matched with an employer the earlier they submit their application materials.

Interested in having a Career Liaison speak to your students and parents about MAT2? Please contact today.

Questions? Please contact

Suburban Truck Driver Training School

Suburban Truck Driver School

Interested in a high-demand career that offers lifetime job placement and great instructional staff with long-term experience? Suburban Truck Driver Training School, located in Romulus, is currently enrolling individuals for this 162 hour program where students will learn fundamental truck driving skills in addition to earning certifications and credentials along the way.

Why truck driving? Many first-year truck drivers earn $45,000 salary, in addition to a 401(k) and benefits. More than 400,000 drivers are currently needed nationwide, with over 60 major companies currently hiring for these positions. 

To learn more, call 734-229-0000 or visit

Real Jobs, Real Careers, Real People at Kalamazoo Career Fair

Kalamazoo Career Fair

Sponsored by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and mLive Media Group, the upcoming Kalamazoo Career Fair is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. at KVCC's Texas Township Campus.

Meet with over 100 employers: Top employers come together to meet face to face with applicants for hundreds of available jobs.

Participating Employers: Over 100 companies attended the biggest career fair in 2014. View those who are registered for 2015 Participating Employers.

Professional Networking: Meet with top employers in the West Michigan area, bring your resume, talk with career advisors and get your name out there.

Not sure how to prepare for the upcoming career fair? Visit this page to make sure you have all the proper advice on what to do before, during, and after the event.

Building and Construction Career Fair

In response to Governor Snyder's emphasis on the need for skilled trades labor in the State of Michigan, the Southwest Michigan Building & Construction Trades Council in cooperation with Michigan Works! is sponsoring a Building Trades Career Fair on Thursday, February 26 at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Room A. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. 

Interested students, parents, and counselors are encouraged to attend the 1 to 3 p.m. segment, and the general public is encouraged to attend the 4 to 7 p.m. segment.

Trades represented include:

  • Electrical Workers
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
  • Carpenters
  • Millwrights
  • Insulators
  • Sprinklerfitters
  • Ironworkers
  • Painters
  • Laborers
  • Operating Engineers

Anyone interested in a skilled trades career or apprenticeship is encouraged to attend.

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