By Edythe Hatter-Williams, chief executive officer, Capital Area Michigan Works!
Local high school seniors are editing resumes and fine-tuning work samples in preparation for the area’s first Reverse Job Fair. The event will bring together students with manufacturing and information technology employers.
What is a reverse job fair? It is the opposite of a traditional job fair, allowing the students to showcase their work at separate tables with work samples, resumes and info cards. Instead of job seekers going to employer booths, the employers browse students’ tables for potential employees.
The Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency, the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency and the Ingham Intermediate School District have been hard at work planning the event coming on May 9.
Local students involved in career and technical education programs in the manufacturing and IT sectors will showcase their talents in hopes of leaving with an interview or two in the growing STEAM industries of the capital area.
The day-long event will have two sessions. The morning session is for the manufacturing sector and students, and the afternoon session is focused on IT jobs and students.
Potential employers can expect to find students at the fair seeking immediate full-time employment and some who are entering college in the fall and are in need of a summer internship. Next year, organizers hope to expand the event to incorporate employers in additional industries.
This event is the kind of regional collaboration to which we’ve become accustomed in greater Lansing, but it’s far from the norm. We’re so fortunate to have an educational system that embraces working together to better support our students and our businesses. Our schools frequently serve together on T3: Teach. Talent. Thrive. committees to ensure students have access to innovative career exploration opportunities, and this is no exception. Not only will this be a unique and invaluable experience for students, it will be an opportunity for our manufacturing and IT businesses to connect and really walk the talk when it comes to ensuring our youth are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow today.
The Reverse Job Fair will be held May 9 at the Bath Township Eagle Eye Golf Club. The manufacturing session runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the IT session is from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Edythe Hatter-Williams is the CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! For more information about Capital Area Michigan Works!, the services we provide or the locations of our American Job Centers in Lansing, Charlotte and St. Johns, visit our website at www.camw.org. Capital Area Michigan Works! is a proud partner of the American Job Center network.