The Career Fair at Shepherd High School had a unique beginning three years ago. It was a project initiated by a CMU student. The interest was high enough that teachers and administration have grown it to a powerful event. It helps that area employers are anxious to help develop the young local talent pool, seeing their participation as an investment in the future of their businesses. And opportunities abound!!

The A-Team of businesses, those that answer the call to share opportunities and education with students whenever called upon, were, of course, present. Avalon & Tahoe, Aircraft Precision, Masonic Pathways, Merrill Technologies, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works, and Consumers Energy were all in attendance to share career opportunities with students in grades 8-12.

I learned about the Power Up Program for training technicians needed around the area at Bader & Sons . I plan to share this information with Career Navigators and Counselors. It is definitely worth sharing with our Mechanically-interested students!
ProComm Inc. Seeing this employer here was a high point for me. Former students, but more importantly, locally grown kids thriving in their family business! The Stegman kids (Tyler and Haley Stegman Balzer) move the business forward and share their career opportunities with Shepherd students! Pictured is another Shepherd Grad and employee of ProComm, Jake Raymond.
Mid Michigan College represented by Kailin Lovely, shares the many program and training opportunities offered locally. One of my favorites is the Precision Measurement series that all students considering hands on career paths should take! Nice tie, Logan:)
Masonic Pathways and the Warwick Living Center. These people walk the walk. They have high standards of care. They need CNAs, nurses and other employees and they get themselves out there to inspire young talent!
Kristi Pifer from Mountain Town Rehab shares her experiences and knowledge in one of the state’s high demand, high paying careers of physical therapy.
Tami Doerr and Dave Rumford, representing Bandit Industries, Inc. shared some great educational materials with students on careers with a high emphasis on the need for welders.

So proud today of all the local people nurturing the education of our young talent! I look forward to watching this event continue to grow!