The manufacturing industry is alive and well in West Michigan. As home to one of the nation’s largest concentration of automotive, medical device, food processing, office furniture (and more) manufacturers, it’s a good time and place to consider a career in manufacturing.

Whether you’re a high school student looking for a viable career path, a job seeker, or a seasoned worker looking for a new career, we can help you explore the many career options available.

Contact Michael Blakley at (616) 648-8646 or mblakley@michiganworkska.org to learn more.

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About the Discover Manufacturing Today Video Challenge

Discover Manufacturing Today is a video challenge that offers prize money to the best and most popular student-produced videos highlighting manufacturing careers.  The 2014 focus emphasizes the countless paths into manufacturing careers as well as the growth opportunities once employed.

Those considering a career choice into manufacturing may select a traditional path of earning a diploma, National Career Readiness Certificate, GED, associate or baccalaureate degree and applying for a position.  Others may pursue a work-study, apprenticeship, internship, or other path.  The fact is, people join manufacturing companies from all sorts of paths.

After graduation, the learning and growth opportunities continue.  Many manufacturers support life-long learning with tuition reimbursement, post-secondary credential attainment, association memberships, and others.  A manufacturing career often grows both within a particular function area, say Engineering; but also may grow by jumping from one area to another, say from Engineering to Operations.  As individuals grow, they recognize what they enjoy and what they are good at.  Manufacturing offers multiple paths to capture these strengths and interests.  

Manufacturers realize that students, parents, and others may not understand just how many ways there are to enter manufacturing and once in, the multiple growth opportunities toward a great career.  This contest hopes to highlight these countless paths through creative, student-produced videos.  High school students from throughout the West Michigan region will be asked to partner with a local manufacturer to gain a better understanding of the manufacturing environment today and discover opportunities for growth and professional development.