VBISD Technology Center will be site for Going PRO Talent Tours

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) and Kinexus will be supporting the State of Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency (TIA) to promote the Going PRO in the Professional Trades campaign during the week of May 1-5. The Going PRO Campaign focuses on educating youth on the high skilled, high wage careers that are in demand across the state. Industries of focus are construction trades, healthcare, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.
     More than 240 youth from across the state will participate in talent tours through Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, providing a behind-the-scenes look at construction trades related businesses. Within Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties, 60 youth will participate in these construction-focused talent tours in partnership with the Van Buren Technology Center on Tuesday, May 2, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Talent Tour rotations will take place every 20 minutes through six informational areas.
    Participants will have the opportunity to tour an on-site housing construction project, as well as an off-site housing project that Van Buren Technology Center students have been working to complete. Youth attending will also have the opportunity to speak with Kinexus staff about employment resources and events taking place during the summer to assist in connecting to training and employment after graduation.
    Van Buren Technology Center Construction Trades staff will be on hand to provide tours of on-site and off-site student-built housing projects. Kinexus staff will be on-site to speak with youth about employment, education, and support services that are offered through their one-stop service centers.
    Carpenters Local 525 will be on-site to speak with youth about training programs and apprenticeships.
     Kinexus operates Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming in partnership with six local schools including Benton Harbor High School, the Kinexus Bridge Academy, Dowagiac-Union High School, Dowagiac Pathfinders, Hartford High School, and Ross Beatty High School, serving a total of 356 students. Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, a program of Youth Solutions, Inc.,  delivers employment and education services to nearly 2,200 young people across 37 Michigan cities.
    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates envisions a Michigan where all youth are educated, employed, and career bound.  Connecting youth to in-demand careers is vital to this vision in ensuring Michigan employers have access to a robust talent pipeline.  Professional Skilled Trades are careers that often require less schooling and associated training costs than four-year degrees.
    Once seen as a “dirty job,” today’s Skilled Trades occupations offer a wide array of opportunities for high school and community college students. Through 2024, it is projected that the Michigan construction industry will grow by 11.5%, needing roughly 16,320 more individuals with the knowledge and skills to satisfy employer demand. Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, in partnership with Kinexus, is committed to providing career exploration activities to youth that lead to viable future careers.

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