Glen Oaks Community College is proud to announce its participation in MiCareerQuest Southwest St. Joseph County to be held on Tuesday, Mar. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On this day over 750 ninth-graders in St. Joseph County will spend the day learning about a variety of different career options from area employers.

Local employers will engage the students in hands-on activities to help them identify a wide range of career options.

“We are excited to be a part of MiCareerQuest SW SJC,” said Paul Aivars, director of business outreach and services at Glen Oaks, who is the team leader for this event. “Students will visit six different career pathways throughout the morning to help guide them to their desired career path. The students are encouraged to ask questions of employers, participate in activities and while learning about occupations.”

The six pathways for students to explore are: Arts and Communications; Health Care and the Sciences, Business, Manufacturing and Technology, Trades, Agriculture and the last area is a general High School Options information area – there the students will learn about the different routes available to get them started on the right track to their desired career-choice pathway.

“We have both small and large businesses participating in the program,” said Aivars, “including local plastics and molding manufacturers, local hospitals and nursing homes, police and fire departments, as well as many of our own academic departments including welding, auto, art, science, nursing and health programs just to name a few.

Volunteer Opportunities
“A program of this magnitude requires a large number of volunteers to successfully run the event,” said Aivars. “We have members of the college faculty and staff onboard and know that many more will be needed.” Volunteers in the community interested in helping out with this event must be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 28, and should contact Sarah Bartley, Glen Oaks admissions, at sbartley@glenoaks.edu or by phone (269) 294-4246.

MiCareerQuest™ was created in 2015 by Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties (now West Michigan Works!), Kent ISD and the Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA) in response to employers’ need for future talent in Construction, Healthcare, Information Technology and Manufacturing.