Career Pathways

No matter what your educational or career aspirations may be, manufacturing has a job for you! Check out this cool video that was produced by high school students attending the Capital Area Career Center in Mason, MI. 


Technical education and other local resources that you can plug into:

Technical education at the college level:

Credit Unions Help Bridge Michigan Skills Gap

Michigan credit unions have a mission to help their members and their communities thrive financially and, for teens and young adults, choosing a career that pays a solid wage and offers stability is an important financial decision. To support young people throughout the state, the Michigan Credit Union League collaborated with Congressman Dan Benishek and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency to help educate students on training that is available for high-demand skilled trade occupations in Michigan.

Local Skills Gap Analysis
Lansing Community College (LCC) recently released a "skill gap analysis" for the Lansing Region, defined as Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Livingston and Shiawassee counties. The final report includes demographic and labor force characteristics, industry analysis, occupation analysis and labor force data.  They also conducted a local business survey and hosted regional input sessions. View the results

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Employers are looking at the Pure Michigan Talent Connect everyday for potential workers!
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Plant Tours, Job Shadows, Co-Ops and Internships

Many CAMC members offer opportunities for students to engage with manufacturers through plant tours, job shadows, Co-ops and internships. High school junior and senior students should visit their local career center or talk with their high school counselors to find out more about how they can jumpstart a career path in manufacturing. Some employers hire students for Co-Ops or cooperative opportunities which can lead to an apprenticeship.   If you’re interested in one of these opportunities, please contact Michelle Cordano, Executive Director of CAMC. 
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
Manufacturers are hiring!  From 2009-2013 the number of manufacturing jobs have increased by 19.4%.  Here are some additional facts about jobs in manufacturing:
  • Manufacturing employs over half a million workers statewide, nearly 1 of every 6.
  • Manufacturing contributes more to Michigan’s GDP than any other industry - $89.5 billion in 2014!
  • Jobs in manufacturing pay extremely well compared to other industries.  Michigan manufacturing workers made $1,155 per week on average, or 27% more than the total private industry in the third quarter of 2015. (Average private industry: $909/week)
  • Michigan manufacturing is characterized by domestic automakers, yet it offers diverse opportunities and is spread across a number of sub-sectors and hundreds of individualized industries. 
    • Metals Manufacturing;
    • Machinery Manufacturing;
    • Bioscience Manufacturing;
    • Chemical Manufacturing and many more!
  • Despite past well-publicized job losses, manufacturers are expected to offer a large number of annual openings across a variety of low, mid and high skilled jobs over both the short and long term.  The industry is expected to fill over 13,400 openings, each year, in Michigan.
  • Local companies are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers in the mid Michigan area. It is a great time to explore careers in manufacturing.
  • The future is bright in mid-Michigan for manufacturing!