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MiCareerQuest™ Capital Area: Preparing Tomorrow’s Talent Today

Friday, January 11, 2019  
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The Lansing region is joining the ranks of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Southeast Michigan in bringing an epic level career exploration event to our region’s students. MiCareerQuest Capital Area is not your typical career fair. In fact, it’s not a career fair at all. It’s a hands-on, career readiness event Teach. Talent. Thrive. (T3) is bringing to the Lansing Center on April 26, 2019.

According to the latest Lansing Regional Chamber membership survey, talent is the number one policy issue facing Chamber members. Forward-thinking businesses are finding and developing talent in new and innovative ways. Large, employer-driven career exploration events like MiCareerQuest have proven to help companies deliver a steady stream of candidates to their hiring managers and can impact the economic prosperity of an entire region.

“Other regions in our state have run this event and businesses reportedly rave about how it effectively connects them to outstanding, ready-to-go students who are engaged with meaningful exploration of growing industries,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).

MiCareerQuest secures and widens future talent pools for in-demand careers in engineering and manufacturing, business and information technology, health sciences and human services and natural resources and agriscience by featuring student-focused, hands-on exhibits provided by local businesses, industry groups, trade associations, training and education providers.

MiCareerQuest provides a sustained return for exhibitors, sponsors and event partners by:

  • Directly influencing their near-future workforce
  • Contributing to the capital region’s competitiveness
  • Building relationships with industry talent development leaders
  • Identifying new talent pools and resources to build their own talent pipeline

We’re constantly hearing from employers they cannot find the people they need,” said Edythe Hatter-Williams, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! “Students need to see and experience careers before they can choose one. It’s time for the capital area businesses to step up and do something about it. MiCareerQuest is one of the solutions and every business in our region has a reason to be involved.”

Chris Holman, founder of the Michigan Business Network and T3 co-chair,  is excited to see that MiCareerQuest fits into the region’s coordinated and efficient career readiness efforts.

“With the help of local businesses, Capital Area Michigan Works!, local school districts and other regional stakeholders, our goal is to educate 5,000 seventh to tenth graders about new economy careers available to them right here in the capital area,” said Hatter-Williams. “We want those young people to know they can learn the skills and knowledge needed for 21st Century jobs at one of the region’s many world-class education and training providers.”

LRCC President and CEO Tim Daman strongly encourages businesses to invest in their business’ future by taking part in MiCareerQuest Capital Area.

“The students attending MiCareerQuest Capital Area will be entering the workforce in just a matter of a few short years,” said Daman. “This event gives businesses the opportunity to take control of their future talent pool and help mold them into the skilled, professional and employable individuals they need. The positive return businesses will get from participating in this event is immeasurable.”

For further information about to exhibit or sponsor MiCareerQuest Capital Area, please visit, email or call 517-492-5507.

About T3

T3 is led by business leaders, and representatives from community organizations and all levels of education throughout the capital region. T3 Facilitator Brindley Byrd has successfully organized large career exploration events and sees how vital engaging business with career education is to the future of our citizens, businesses and the region. 

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