Career Development and Training

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Comprehensive Work-Based
Learning Experiences for Students

Muskegon Made is a county-wide comprehensive work-based learning system for students in grades 4-12. All students in Muskegon County will have access to the same career exposure opportunities. Elements of employability skills are taught to students throughout the system to ensure successful work-based placements which capstone the overall program. What makes Muskegon Made unique? Growth, Innovation and Software….

Muskegon Made grows with each and every student. As the students move through grade levels, opportunities for career fairs, job shadows, and talent tours are arranged.

Muskegon Made is innovative and compelling and is the first comprehensive, county-wide approach to work-based learning, with every participating school system.

Muskegon Made uses Career Cruising software as the springboard from which students engage in career planning activities. Additionally, Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency has recently introduced pathfinder! Pathfinder is a one of a kind exploration tool that works in collaboration with Career Cruising providing real time current Michigan labor market information for students, their parents, schools and job seekers. For more information on the new pathfinder tool, please visit the website here!

For more information on the Muskegon Made initiative, please visit Muskegon Made’s webpage here!

 

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As we educate and expose our young students… Its imperative we tell them what kind of credentials are needed! Recently, MCAN, along with the Michigan Post-secondary Attainment Workgroup – a coalition of K-12 and higher education groups, foundations, business leaders, the governor’s office and legislators – participated in the release of a new report with crucial insight to boosting post-secondary credentials in Michigan to 60 percent by 2025. The report, Reaching for Opportunity: An Action Plan to Increase Michigan’s Postsecondary Credential Attainment, outlines the challenges and opportunities along with recommendations for strategic actions and policies to increase credential attainment, necessary to succeed in Michigan’s growing economy.

The report lays out a series of challenges that must be overcome to achieve its goals – and solutions to those challenges. Among them:

1) Too many students are receiving inadequate advice during high school and college, the report proposes increasing the number of school counselors and college advisers while also providing them high-quality professional development.

2) Michigan students are less likely to obtain college credits while in high school than the national average (just 11 percent), the report calls for high schools and higher education institutions to adjust the policies and increase financial incentives to boost that number.

3) Many low-income and minority students fail to complete their credential due to financial difficulties, the report calls for an increase in state-provided need-based financial aid.

4) More students should have the opportunity to move from community colleges to four year universities and colleges, the report calls for additional work to streamline credit transfer.