Career Exploration

External LinkExplore some of Michigan's most in-deman Professional Trade careers on Going-Pro

External LinkGRCC Job Training - GRCC's Job Training can put you on a pathway to a rewarding career in the skilled trades in a relatively short amount of time. Programs include: 

External LinkMichigan Building & Construction Trades Council - Find a list of trade unions and resources by region. 

PDF DocumentMichigan Career Outlook - This publication provides multiple lists of in-demand occupations through 2030 by education and training requirements, as well as highlights the most in-demand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations for the state.

PDF DocumentMichigan's Hot 50 - This publication highlights Michigan’s high demand, high-wage careers that show a favorable mix of long-term job growth, projected annual job openings, and median wages.

PDF DocumentRegional Career Outlook - This publication provides multiple lists of in-demand occupations through 2028 by education and training requirements, as well as highlights the most in-demand STEM occupations for each of Michigan's 10 prosperity regions.

PDF DocumentAnnual Planning Information and Workforce Analysis Reports – These reports, one tabular and the other analytic, provide economic and demographic data including an analysis of in-demand occupations for Michigan's 10 prosperity regions.

External LinkO'NET OnLine - A tool for career exploration and job analysis, O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

External LinkPathfinder - Explore careers, schools and programs in Michigan to find the path that is right for you.

External LinkOnly Trade Schools - View the top trade schools in your location of choice. 

External LinkRoadmap to Opportunity - provides background information on the hottest jobs, cool classes you can take, and financial help that may be available. 

Michigan has many high-demand, high-wage jobs available that require a certificate or an associate degree to get started! These fields offer entry level and ongoing educational opportunities that could increase your potential for professional growth, promotion, and higher wages over time as well as lead to a meaningful career.

Kent ISD Career Readiness

The more exposure students have to future career opportunities and the world of work, the more likely they are to choose a career that’s right for them – where they’ll be happy and successful. It’s our job to help students get that exposure.

KCTC's Career Readiness program works directly with students in grades 7-12 to provide career exploration opportunities like job shadows and industry tours to help them learn about in demand careers. You'll find a more information on those opportunities below.

2020 Career Chats Schedule

External LinkRegister for an event & more, on their Career Chats website here

Career Explorers Schedule

External LinkRegister for an event & more, on their Career Explorers website here

Additional Opportunities

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The UFP Business School is a two-year program created and operated by UFP Industries. Students attend business school through a full scholarship paid for by the company. The program provides you with real-world experience and focuses on all aspects of business educations, from business statistics to leadership development to operations management. Learn more at