LANSING (WWJ) — A partnership of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and a network of community colleges will promote training opportunities for in-demand careers to Michigan high school students.

Created as a response to feedback received at the Governor’s Economic and Education Summits held earlier this year, the Career Jump Start Program is intended to address the critical talent gap facing Michigan employers by promoting high-demand technical career paths to students.

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Through a network of Michigan’s community colleges, Michigan Works agencies, employers, trade unions, Chambers and other key organizations, the initiative will educate high school students about associate degree programs, apprenticeships and other training opportunities for occupations that are in high demand by employers.

Community colleges in 10 regions around the state will house “career liaison specialists” who will provide resources to high school counselors, administrators, parents and teachers about post-high school training programs that will prepare students for in-demand occupations. Through improved connectivity between employers and the K-12 system, high school graduates in Michigan will be more informed about and connected to high-demand career options.

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The regional career liaisons will be housed at Alpena Community College, Bay de Noc Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College, and The Workforce Intelligence Network.

To learn more about the Career Jump Start program, visit http://www.mitalent.org/career-jump-start.

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For a look at jobs predicted to be most in demand in Michigan through 2018, visit http://milmi.org/admin/uploadedPublications/1153_LMI_HOT_50.pdf.