• Michigan Works! & COP-ESD offering Summer Career Camps for Teens

    Michigan Works! & COP-ESD offering Summer Career Camps for Teens

    Students entering 7ththrough 12th grade can learn new skills, receive job training, network, and explore new careers!

    (ONAWAY, MI) – It’s no secret that young people are the future of the northern Michigan’s economy and workforce. Getting a summer job at a young age teaches work ethic, what it’s like to make money for yourself, and can even inspire the career you choose to pursue. That’s why Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium is once again offering a paid summer youth pre-employment program called Career Readiness & Exploration, and also partnering with COP-ESD, the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI), and a variety of building trade unions to offer two additional programs.

    Students entering 7th through 12th grade are invited to sign up for summer career camps so they can learn job skills while being paid. Camps include a 4-week Career Readiness & Exploration program, a 5-week Welding Academy, and a 12-day Building & Construction Trades Academy. Camps start in June and there is no cost to families or students for any of these summer career camps. Support comes from the Young Professionals Grant and from a Marshall Plan grant received by COP-ESD.

    The Career Readiness & Exploration Program is a 4-week hybrid paid summer youth pre-employment program for youth ages 14-17. During the online and in-person paid training, participants will create a professional portfolio, develop leadership skills, practice resume writing, mock interviews, explore careers, and more. The program is followed by a 5-week paid work experience placement with a local employer. “It’s a win-win,” says Alicia Wallace, Marketing Manager for Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium. “Employers get work-ready talent and teens are prepared after going through a series of activities and workshops prior to their work experience.” Register at https://tinyurl.com/2zv4d7tz

    The Welding Academy targets students entering grades 11 & 12 who have attended previous camps at IAI or are a “beginning welder”. The training modules will include welding safety, oxy fuel welding & cutting, gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and metal fabrication including measurement and joint fit-up. The students will have an opportunity to qualify for an American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 Welder Procedure Qualification Test Record (WQTR) in GMAW: Pulse 1G, 2G or 3G. Upon successful completion of the 5-week training program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a 2 week work based learning experience with a local employer. Register at https://bit.ly/4atKWmx

    The Building & Construction Trades Union Academy offers students entering grades 11 and 12 an opportunity to dive headfirst into the world of skilled trades, while earning a competitive wage The program will offer skill-based, hands-on, earn-and-learn training designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications. Tradespeople will engage in hands-on activities with students in authentic workplace scenarios, guided by trade union professionals. Register at https://bit.ly/4atKWmx

    Whether it's preparing for the workforce by focusing on softskills, resume creation, interview skills, or delving into drones, robotics, careers in natural resources, public safety, or exploring skilled trades like welding, electrical work, and CNC machining for middle schoolers, or participating in high school construction trades or welding academies, there's something tailored to everyone's interests.

    A state grant received by Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium has allowed them to continue their Young Professionals Program. This program gives area youth a quality work experience in a variety of fields. The grant can be used to help pay wages for students and also provide any work-related gear they may need, like work boots or tools. At the end of the program students will receive credit for school.

    “We want to offer guidance, support, and great work experiences to our area youth,” says Michigan Works! Youth Services Manager Ashley Udell. “We can help remove the barriers hindering their success, as well as provide them paid work experience and the support services they need to be successful. Our hope is that this guidance, support, and work experience will help them be gainfully employed in the future.”

    If you or your child is interested in learning more about Michigan Works! youth programs, you can visit www.miworksne.org/youth

    Alicia Wallace
    Marketing & Communications Manager

    Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium
    20709 State, Box 711 | Onaway, MI 49765
    p 989.733.8548 x2323 |  f  989.733.8069

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