HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - In Hancock Thursday, an early child development career fair was held for those seeking employment in that field. The Copper Country Great Start Collaborative organized the event, which took place at the Michigan Works offices. The career fair hosted twelve different organizations, covering all aspects of child care.
"People here are representing everything from how to start your own home day care to Copper Country Mental Health promoting some higher level positions. We have needs for bus drivers, people to supervise kids at lunch time, and substitutes at the ISD," said Iola Brubaker, the Director of the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative.
Northern Michigan University, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, and Gogebic Community College were also present at the event, promoting their child development education programs.
"All these places have education and training to help people get ready for those positions and many of our sites will even do internships and on the job training." added Brubaker.
A large reason for the event is the decline of early child development programs in the area.
"We have a child care shortage in the copper country. Some of that shortage is coming from the fact that we don't have enough people in the community that are willing to work in the child care setting." Said Brubaker
With this shortage there are openings for passionate individuals who would like to start their career in the child care field.
"We have a huge need for people to work in the early childhood field in the Copper Country. We do really have a shortage on infant-toddler care, preschool care and just generally childcare all around,” said Jessy Miller, a Quality Improvement Specialist for the Great Start Equality U.P. Resource Center.