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Allegan Area Manufacturing Forum set for January 28

Bridging the Skills Gap: Internships

Please join Michigan Works!, Allegan County Economic Development Commission, Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center, and the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce for the quarterly Allegan Area Manufacturing Forum on January 28, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM.  The forum will be held at the Allegan Tech Center at 2891 116th Ave (M-222).  The Forum is part of the Strategic Talent Development Series.  A continental breakfast will be served. (Register online here)

Guest Speakers:

Cindy Brown, Hello West Michigan: Internship Programs

Interested in developing or enhancing your internship program? Join us to learn about:

  • Benefits to hiring an intern
  • How to connect with education, workforce development and talent
  • Things to consider before beginning
  • The five steps essential to structuring a successful program

Steve Heethuis, Training Director for Autocam: Industry Champion for the Manufacturing Sector of Career Quest 2015

Career Quest 2015 is a hands-on, career and college readiness event just for middle and high school students. During this unique experience, students will find out what it’s really like to be an RN, a foreman, a mechanical engineer and more – direct from the people who do these jobs every day!

At Career Quest 2015, students will:

  • Explore key West Michigan industries expecting solid job growth into the near future
  • Make connections between the classroom and the workplace by interacting with technology, tools, and professionals from many different fields
  • Discover workplace opportunities available to students like internships and job shadows
  • Engage with college reps to understand how post-secondary education plays a role in a career ladder–underscoring the importance of college AND career readiness.


Forum Agenda

7:30 am 

  • Continental Breakfast and Networking

7:45 am

  • Welcome – Deb Lyzenga, Business Services Manager; Kent, Allegan, and Barry County Michigan Works!
  • Update of State Funding (STTF)

8:00 am

  • Presentation: Internships – Cindy Brown, Hello West Michigan

8:45 am

  • Presentation: Career Quest 2015 – Steve Heethuis, Autocam

9:00 am 

  • Adjourn


(Register online here)

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