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New Online Career Exploration Tool

The Michigan Talent Investment Agency and the state Department of Education have unveiled Pathfinder, a new state-of-the-art online career exploration tool that’s designed to address the need to increase the number of Michigan residents with high-quality, in-demand degrees and credentials.

The free, first-of-its-kind-in-Michigan tool uses current labor market information, longitudinal wage data and other institutional data and metrics, allowing improved skills matching to career paths and jobs. The tool will be provided to all Michigan school districts during the 2017-18 school year, with rollouts being planned through January 2018 at schools in Marquette, Flint, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Cadillac, Traverse City and metro Detroit, among other communities.

“Pathfinder will support the state’s innovation-driven campaign to make sure people have the knowledge, skills and training necessary to succeed at getting 21st-century jobs,” said Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, which developed the system in collaboration with the Talent Investment Agency, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan College Access Network, Michigan Virtual University and Michigan Works! agencies.

For more information about Pathfinder, visit