Career Exploration

What are the current hot jobs in West Michigan?

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High Wage, High Demand Job Projections are for West Michigan through 2022

High School and On the Job Training Data

What are the high demand jobs in West Michigan for an Associates Degree?

Associates Degree Data

What are the high demand jobs in West Michigan for an Bachelors Degree?

Bachelors Degree and Professional Degree Data

What does each job entail?

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Technical Training

Where can I learn more about Career & Technical Training?

Are you interested in the Career & Technical Center at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District?  Visit the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s website HERE to access their page AND talk to your school counselor for more information.  The CTC has job placement opportunities, paid internships and Early College Opportunities.

Going PRO Apprenticeship Readiness Program

Going PRO Apprenticeship Readiness Program

For Graduating Seniors Who Do Not Have A Plan

Earn a wage while learning the skills for a great job or career in manufacturing!

More than ever, Michigan employers need YOU. With the skills you develop through a professional trade apprenticeship, you can earn a great salary and benefits sooner than you imagined. The Going PRO Apprenticeship Readiness program can get you started with:

  • a paid work experience with a local manufacturing company.
  • course credits and certificates (pre-apprenticeship and career readiness) – at no cost to you!
  • a pathway to a registered apprenticeship, a nationally recognized credential and a great career.

The Going PRO Apprenticeship Readiness summer program will be offered in four West Michigan counties. Click on a county below to learn about the participating employers, education partners and timelines. Program eligibility requirements are: you must be 18 years old; complete an interview and physical, and pass a drug screen and background check.

You can view further information on this website from Michigan Works!

What are the military options?

If you are interested in joining the military, please see Mrs. Cherry at the South building for more information (or to sign up for the ASVAB). You may also want to talk with one of the recruiters who meet with students during lunches or contact them at their offices (listed below).

Marine Corps Recruiting Command
3006 West Shore Drive, Suite 50
Holland, MI 49424

NRS Holland
3006 W. Shore Dr
Holland, MI 49424

U.S. Army Recruiting Center – Muskegon
1675 E. Mt. Garfield Rd. Suite 125D
Muskegon, MI 49444

Air Force:
Air Force Recruiting Center
3006 West Shore Drive
Holland, MI 49424

Who can I contact about Nursing Program options?

Thompson M-Tec of Holland has many post-high school training programs, including certifications in CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant), Dental Assisting, Heating and Cooling (HVAC-R), Welding, Robotics, Medical Assisting, Accounting, and many more. Many programs can be completed in less than a year. Michigan Works can help with funding for certification programs if you meet eligibility requirements (see Michigan Works below). You can check out the whole list of M-Tec offerings HERE.

What organizations can help me find a job out of high school?

Michigan Works!:  Michigan Works! Is a non-profit organization that aims to support Michigan’s workforce by:

  • advancing the interests of the Michigan Works! System through advocacy and participation in the legislative process, and
  • providing training and networking opportunities for leaders and members.

Training that is available to recent high-school graduates includes assistance with resume writing and connecting prospective employees with employers. Michigan Works! will also help fund post-high school training for recent graduates (certificate and Associate’s degree programs) for those who meet eligibility requirements. Please contact Zach Arens (Youth Career Coach) at (616) 494-8804 for more information or check out the Michigan Works! website, linked HERE.

Manpower:  Manpower is an employment agency whose aim it is to connect prospective employees with employers for temporary work assignments in the manufacturing and office/clerical sectors.  They are offering a unique opportunity for their employees. Manpower will pay for online college classes taken through accredited Western International University (based in Arizona) as long as they are working through Manpower. Employees can take one online class every eight weeks and may keep the credits they earn even if they cease employment with Manpower (without having to repay Manpower for the classes). There are six degree programs offered: Associate in Business, B.A. in Behavioral Science, B.A. in Human Resource Management, B.S in Accounting, B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Information Technology Management, B.S. in Management.

For more information, please contact:
Christina Baer, Branch Manager
Manpower Zeeland
616-748-2000 or zeeland.mi@.manpower.com