Career Readiness

 

 

The more exposure students have to future career opportunities and the world of work, the more likely they are to choose a career that’s right for them – where they’ll be happy and successful. It’s our job to help students get that exposure.

That’s why we work directly with students in grades 7-12 to provide career exploration opportunities like job shadows and industry tours to help them learn about in demand careers. It’s also why we partner with teachers in grades K-12 to help them bring career exploration into the classroom through lesson plans, special training and more. Take a look at our opportunities for both students and educators to find out more about what we offer.

Of course, we can’t do our work without partnerships with local businesses. If you’re a business person with a passion for education, we’d love to work with you. Check out our Employer section for ways you can get involved.

11,485 students were directly impacted by career readiness programs and services, excluding MI Career Quest. 1,205 teachers and counselors were directly impacted by our programs and services. 731 business professionals participated in our programs. 142 companies partnered with career readiness.

​Is it making an impact? You bet it is.

Whether you are a student or educator engaging with our services or a business partner helping to bring the experiences to life, this work is making a difference. Just take a look at the numbers! Want more evidence? View the 2015-16 Career Readiness annual report

 

Upcoming Events

December 14
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
3:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Dec 14
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

This six week crash course willintroduce high school students in 9th – 12th grade toskills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session willinclude a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacksand Ride to Read passes will be available.

Titles:

· Thursday,November 2, 2017 – What Your Library Has to Offer: GRPL Databases

· Thursday,November 9, 2017 – Telling Your story: The College Essay

· Thursday,November 16, 2017 – You Are Your Brand: Digital Citizenship for FutureProfessionals

· Thursday,November 30, 2017 – What is a Research Question?

· Thursday,December 7, 2017 – Credit Where It's Due: Plagiarism and Copyright

· Thursday,December 14, 2017 – True or False: Making Sense of the Media and Other Sourcesof News

Evening Explorers @ Grand Rapids Public Library
6:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Evening Explorers @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Dec 14
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

Do you like to build and discover how things work? Kids in firstthrough fifth grade can come to the Main Library for hands-on STEM experienceseach month. Take part in science experiments and activities each session tofind out how things work and explore the world around you.

November 9, 2017

Explore: Dream Catchers

Learn the origin and stories of the dream catcher. Make a dreamcatcher that has been taught to us from a mother and daughter of the LittleTraverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.

December 14, 2017

Explore: The Human Body

Create your own stethoscope. Make tasty blood and learn the fourmain components of blood. See color from black and white.

January 11, 2018

Explore: Wildlife Biology

Learn about animals and birds by making examples of animalcamouflage. Make a birdfeeder. Build a bird’s nest.

February 8, 2018

Explore: Engineering

Build from a variety of materials, including marshmallows andtoothpicks. Complete challenges.

March 8, 2018

Explore: Balloon Science

Learn about how hot air balloons work. Bend and twist balloons.

April 12, 2018

Explore: Environmental Engineering

Create, test, and refine basic solutions to environmentalproblems. Clean the grunge from water. Test different materials to discoverwhich ones most effectively clean up after an oil spill. See the effect of acidrain on different materials.

May 10, 2018

Explore: Speed

Make cars and paper airplanes. How can you make them go fast,faster, and fastest?

December 16
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Dec 16
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
December 23
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Dec 23
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
December 30
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Dec 30
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.

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