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New web-based tool helps students learn about jobs, career opportunities

MI Brighton Future, a web-based portal recently launched through a partnership between Livingston County Michigan Works! and Livingston County’s secondary and post-secondary schools, allows schools and businesses to collaborate on work-based learning opportunities.

“MI Bright Future will help us address critical long-term shortages in fields such as advanced manufacturing, information technology and health care,” said William Sleight, Director of Livingston County Michigan Works! “By providing a vehicle to better connect businesses and schools, we will be able to help build a stronger pipeline of workers for our region’s employers.”

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 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. Lisa Katz, Executive Director of WIN, said that all employer registrations will be confirmed by e-mail, and that 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.

For more information on how to become a MI Bright future member or sponsor, visit www.mibrightfuture.org.

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