MICareerQuest Returns with Job Fair
Career Exploration Fair Expands This Year
A popular career exploration program for middle schoolers will broaden its reach this year with the addition of a community open house and job fair.
MiCareerQuest Southwest will be held Nov.1 and 2 at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake St.
Approximately 2,500 eighth graders from across Kalamazoo County will attend the career exploration fair during school field trips on both days. The community open house and job fair will be held 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1.
This is the third year for the MiCareerQuest event, which is designed to provide students with hands-on activities and personal interactions with employers in four industries: arts and communication; business, technology and human services; engineering and manufacturing; and health and natural sciences. Some of the activities will include using Stryker brain surgery equipment, racing roofers, and changing tires with a pit crew.
“Every year we have new activities and new companies that join us,” said Jason Luke, program administrator for Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency’s Education For Employment program, which organizes the activity. “We try to keep it fresh in that regard.”
During the community open house and job fair, members of the public can tour the same exhibitions the students will see during their field trips, and in some cases speak with employers about job opportunities. Luke said employers have been asked especially to share job opportunities that might be available for 16 to 18 year olds as well as adults.
More than 85 businesses are participating in the event, including: Bronson Healthcare Group, CSM Group, Flowserve, Graphic Packaging International, Humphrey Products, Kalsec Inc., Landscape Forms, National Flavors LLC, Pfizer Inc., Republic Airline, Schupan & Sons Inc., SMART Local 7 Union, United 4 Change, and Western Michigan University College of Aviation.
The event is being sponsored by KRESA, Southwest Michigan First, and Michigan Works! Southwest.