OCC Program Focuses on Post-High School Training

Oakland Community College is partnering with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and a network of Michigan community colleges to educate high school students about training opportunities in high demand careers.no text

The Career Jump Start Program is intended to address the talent gap facing Michigan employers promoting high-demand career paths to students. The program was created as a response to feedback from the Governor’s Economic and Education Summits earlier this year. OCC was a host site for one of the summits this fall. The initiative will educate students about associate degree programs, apprenticeships and other training opportunities in these occupations through a network of Michigan community colleges, Michigan Works! agencies, employers, trade unions and chambers of commerce.

“OCC’s strengths lie in evaluating and meeting the training needs of employers in our community,” said OCC Chancellor Dr. Timothy R. Meyer. “We want to do everything we can help students achieve their goals while strengthening our local community.”

OCC will house “career liaison specialists” who will provide resources to high school counselors, administrators, parents and teachers about post-high school training programs in high-demand occupations.

“Today, too few workers have the skills needed to meet the demands of employers in the new economy. One of the most common issues is around the lack of knowledge that high school students have about in-demand careers and training programs,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Through the Career Jump Start Program, we will encourage students to consider training opportunities that will provide them with critical work skills for those high-demand careers.”

“Talent is the new currency in economic development. By making Michigan students aware of today’s high-demand jobs and the training programs that will prepare them for those jobs, we are ensuring the continued growth of Michigan’s economy,” said Michael A. Finney, president and CEO of the MEDC. “Career Jump Start is focused on meeting employer needs and will support ways to connect employers, educators and students, building Michigan’s workforce together.”

Career liaisons will be housed at OCC, Alpena Community College, Bay de Noc Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College and The Workforce Intelligence Network.

To learn more about the Career Jump Start program, visit http://www.mitalent.org/career-jump-start/ or www.oaklandcc.edu. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.

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