To address the long-term workforce needs in Michigan, especially in high-demand occupations, by supporting the development of an informed, educated, skilled and experienced talent pipeline.
A robust engagement system between employers, schools, and young people, including their primary advisers and supporters, with a focus on career-related learning and experiences.
In 2013, Governor Rick Snyder identified youth career awareness and readiness as a primary issue in the State of Michigan and created the Career Jump Start program. Career Liaisons are assigned to each Prosperity Region in Michigan to assist the K-12 school system in connecting to business and industry to improve career and education outcomes in the state. The Career Liaison for Region 10 (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties) went to work building relationships between schools, workforce development, and employers. Through these conversations, education partners recognized the need for a better, more efficient system to assist students in postsecondary and career planning earlier. Many of the schools in the region were already using the Career Cruising platform to create Education Development Plans for students and had considered utilizing ccInspire, the technology behind the K-12-Business connection. By participating in the MI Bright Future partnership, school systems will share a single, regional employer database, which makes the program more cost effective. Sharing a database also allows students to explore a wider range of careers in a larger community area. The MI Bright Future partnership now works together as a single unit, led by stakeholders in a Community Advisory Council, to recruit employers to create profiles and to integrate the technology into student career planning.