Students Explore Job Skills
Career and Job Readiness Workshop Took Place in Spring
Kalamazoo Public Schools Teaching and Learning Services invited high school seniors to attend a KPS Career and Job Readiness Workshop to reflect, explore, and prepare for a meaningful and self-sufficient professional life.
The event was held during Michigan Merit Exam testing for other students and took place at the West Main Professional Development Center. Workshop sessions provided by community partners included “Marketing Your Skills to Employers,” “How to Land Your Dream Job,” “Your Image is Everything,” and “Exploring Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Opportunities.” Other career field trips were held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University.
Students engaged in activities to learn career preparation and job-seeking skills. They explored career resources, summer employment opportunities, and in-demand job skills. Workshops provided students with tools necessary to enter the job market with more confidence and to make great first impressions. Students inventoried their talents, interests, and skills and learned about the importance of setting educational and career goals.
Presenters included Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Promise, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency; MiWorks; Youth Opportunities Unlimited; OnStaff USA; WSI Talent; the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 131; the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and KVAC/R Service Techs, Local 357; and Goodheart-Wilcox.
The following businesses provided raffle items for the event: Airway Fun Center, Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum, ALDI, AMC Theater, Big Burrito, Buster’s Bookstore, Celebration Cinema, Chipotle, Cottage Inn, Kalamazoo Wings, Goodrich Kalamazoo 10, Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center, Kalamazoo Growlers, Meijer, Nick’s Gyros, Niskers, Noodles & Company, Nova VR, Pita Pit, Qdoba, The Spirit of Kalamazoo, Target, The Union Cabaret & Grille, WMU Office of Sustainability, WMU Recruitment Office, and the YMCA. KPS staff, retirees, and college personnel helped facilitate the career and college preparation experiences.