MI Bright Future is...
An online tool connecting students with career professionals and local job creators to ensure Michigan’s future workforce is:
Knows what jobs are needed now and will be in the future.
Attains the appropriate degree or credential for a specified career.
Meets the technical demands of a chosen occupation.
Achieves professional expertise through relevant work-based learning opportunitiesActivities meant to improve and expand career and workplace knowledge, such as guest speaking, internships, and job shadows..
...Student and Employer Focused...
Every year, Michigan students complete state-required Educational Development Plans (EDPs), with over 80% of schools currently using a software platform called Career Cruising to do so. The technology that powers MI Bright Future, Career Cruising Inspire (ccInspire), is an enhancement of Career Cruising that transforms EDPs into an interactive, career exploration experience by connecting students with local professionals in a safe online environment. The connections MI Bright Future creates helps students discover their passions and goals, and allow employers to inform and attract their future workforce. MI Bright Future connects students and employers through:
- Career-focused discussion boards
- Company-specific discussion boards
- Company profiles
- Work-based learning opportunities
...and Partnership Driven.
Partners including K-12, higher education, workforce development, economic development organizations and chambers of commerce collaborate to introduce MI Bright Future to Michigan schools and make the program a success. Support efforts include:
- Integrating MI Bright Future into existing career exploration practices
- Recruiting Career Coaches and employers
- Developing strategies for success
- Aligning community youth development initiatives with MI Bright Future
- Serving as community advocates
For a list of partners, visit our Partnerships page.
Michigan’s workforce pipeline is in trouble.
A complex problem requires a complete solution.