High school students refine career prospects at NMU's Jacobetti Complex

Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 6:15 PM EST
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Local high school students took full advantage of the resources available at Northern Michigan University Friday.

More than 130 sophomores from Westwood and Negaunee high schools attended an interactive career day the Jacobetti Complex.

These young men and women followed a unique schedule for the entire day.

Each student received hands-on training in fields such as Automotive Services, Cosmetology, HVAC and more.

This way, students could maximize their time interacting with faculty and NMU students, discussing what careers are available. Students can also learn about how long the programs are and what they would be learning in those programs according to John Centko, Department Head of Technology & Occupational Sciences.

“So it's enough to gain the information they want, to learn about the program and to have some great conversation in a relatively small group setting, about 15 to 20 students and one or two instructors in the class,” Centko announced.

Centko says many skilled-trades will lose 20-30 percent of the workforce to retirement in the next five years. So high school students choosing these two-year programs will position themselves for quick advancement.

to learn more about NMU's skilled trades programs.

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