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MI Bright Future connects students and employers in Livingston County

Livingston County students will have access to a new tool this fall to help them learn about careers and job opportunities thanks to a partnership between Livingston County Michigan Works!, Livingston County’s secondary and post-secondary schools,  and the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN). The tool, called MI Bright Future, is a web-based portal which will enable schools and businesses to collaborate on work-based learning opportunities.

MI Bright Future is an enhancement to an existing web-based career planning tool called Career Cruising, which is used in all Livingston County Schools, and about 90 percent of the schools in Southeast Michigan. The enhancement is called ccInspire and it provides a portal for students and job seekers to explore area companies and potential work-based learning opportunities such as job shadowing, internships and company tours. The portal also provides a safe environment for companies to mentor students and job seekers interested in jobs in their industries.

Area employers are being encouraged to build their company profile on the platform by visiting the website http://www.mibrightfuture.org. The program will be marketed to students and job seekers in the fall, once a sufficient number of employers are registered. All employer registrations will be confirmed by e-mail, and staff will available to provide assistance if needed. Employers are able to make their profiles on the system free of charge. Sponsorship opportunities to support this initiative and gain promotional exposure are also available.

Livingston County will pilot implementation of MI Bright Future platform in the region along with three other counties: Macomb, St. Clair and Oakland. It is expected that this pilot could serve as a model for the rest of the region and the State on how to connect youth and other job seekers with the jobs needs of the future.

A training and Q & A session will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce. All employers who have begun a profile or are interested in participating should attend. RSVP to either Bill Sleight or Justin Al-Igoe.

To begin your employer profile or for more information on how to become a MI Bright future sponsor, visit www.mibrightfuture.org.

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