"My students discovered career fields they did not know existed and can consider those options now."
MiCareerQuest™ is an innovative and experiential career event, created to inspire and empower middle and high school students to explore viable careers within West Michigan’s high-demand industries. MiCareerQuest™ was also created to address employers’ need for future talent. MiCareerQuest™ was created in 2015 by Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties (now West Michigan Works!), Kent ISD, and the Construction Workforce Development Alliance (CWDA) in response to employers’ needs for future talent in four high-demand industries: Construction, Health Sciences & Technology, Information Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing.
Today, MiCareerQuest™ is a one-day, multi-industry career exploration event reaching over 9,000 West Michigan middle and high school students. MiCareerQuest™ engages students through one-on-one conversations with professionals and hands-on activities that allow students to experience, and spark an interest in, the various careers. MiCareerQuest™ opens students’ eyes to opportunities for great careers in West Michigan.
In 2016, MiCareerQuest™’s first affiliate event was held in Kalamazoo. Today, employers and industry alliances across the country are hosting CareerQuestUSA events to expose students to the wealth of career possibilities in their regions.