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Michigan Works! Coordinates Career Expo at Rogers City Schools

February 22, 2024 – Nearly 300 students from Rogers City Area Schools were exposed to a variety of careers during an all-day career expo event. Students 6th -12th grades from Rogers City Middle and High School, as well as middle school students from St. Ignatius Catholic School and St. John Lutheran School attended the event which featured around 20 employers.

Students were able to go around the gym, participating in different fun hands-on activities with employers, as well as ask questions. The goal of the event was two-fold: expose students to a variety of local in-demand careers and the type of schooling/training needed for these careers, as well as give the students an opportunity to engage with employers.

Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium and the Rogers City Mainstreet Program worked with the school to put on the event.

“It’s good to see that schools are educating students on career opportunities early so they can make good choices for their future. It only takes a spark to ignite a fire! Having this real career exposure to the careers that are available in our area helps our business fill future recruitment pipelines,” said Cindy Besaw, HR manager with Cadillac Products Automotive Company.

Students came armed with questions and some had an assignment to complete asking them to find out the education requirements for careers they found interesting.

“Being able to represent the company that I have worked 20 years for to students in my hometown was a great opportunity. The event allowed us to showcase many of the great careers that are available in our area to students who otherwise might not know that these careers exist. This gave us a great opportunity to promote opportunities in an effort to retain our local talent in the long run,” said Dave Haselhuhn, operations manager for Omni Metalcraft Corp.

Students came through the expo in small groups, allowing them to engage with employers and participate in some hands-on activities.


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