Have you heard of career liaisons working with Career Jump Start?

Career liaisons from Career Jump Start provide new programming opportunity for Michigan State University Extension that will benefit Michigan youth.

One of the ways Michigan State University Extension serves Michigan families and youth is by working together with other community organizations and individuals that share similar goals. After recently seeing Region Eight Career Liaison Diane Finch at the same community meetings and events in southwest Michigan, colleague Janice Zerbe and I met with her to get more acquainted. It was time for MSU Extension to learn more about Career Jump Start and for Finch to learn more about our career preparation programming.

For starters, Finch is a Michigan 4-H alumna! We also learned that Career Jump Start and the career liaison positions were recently put in place as a piece of the solution regarding concerns raised at Governor Rick Snyder’s Economic Summit. Career liaisons focus on high-demand careers and are located in each of the 10 “Prosperity Regions.” A career liaison is a resource for high school students, parents and community members. They help you learn more about high-demand careers, training and educational programs available related to career clusters such as health care, human service and education and STEM.

Sure sounds like an overlap with some of the work that we do through Michigan 4-H Youth Development, wouldn’t you agree? As a career liaison, Finch was very impressed with the “Build Your Future: Choices, Connections, Careers4-H curriculum, which we might use together for future programming. In addition to providing content for their newsletter, we are also exploring the opportunity to offer a summer career camp together.

To learn more about your region’s career liaison, visit the Career Jump Start web site. You may also contact Diane Finch at dfinch@kvcc.edu. Remember to visit the career preparation section of our web site to explore our many online resources for use with 4-H volunteers and youth.

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