Jobs for Michigan’s grads expands imaginations for their futures

Our region has a uniquely large number of youth and young adults in our workforce system thanks to Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and the University Center. In addition, secondary students from the dozens of high schools in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties are a part of the workforce with after-school and summer jobs.

With that significant portion of our community in mind, as we evaluate the knowledge, experience and preparedness of our region’s workforce, we need to consider ways to encourage talent and interest in a variety of fields so our workforce is prepared for the future. Investing in our youth now and encouraging them in their career exploration and talent development will help us create a stronger workforce in the future.

To get an idea of how youth workforce programming has shifted in the past year, I reached out to our stateside partner at Youth Solutions. The Youth Solutions team works with Michigan’s youth and inspires them to achieve their fullest potential in education and employment. Through their premier program, Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, JMG specialists work with youth to help them find their path to education and employment success.