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Oceana College & Career Event

Oceana High School Juniors were introduced to opportunities in their future at the Oceana College & Career Event held Wednesday, February 21, at the Shelby High School.

Picture of Firefighter at Career FairThe Shelby High School gymnasium was a hive of activity during the event, with nearly 80 booths, covering many interests, from welding to cosmetology to culinary arts to natural resources to fire fighting.

In it’s third year, the event was an expo-style gathering of businesses, educational organizations, and government agencies presenting ideas to hundreds of high school juniors from Shelby, Hart, Pentwater, and Walkerville. The students were given the opportunity to explore many career options, attainable either by technical training or higher education.

Amy Budde, Career Development Specialist for Michigan Works! West Central in Oceana & Newaygo Counties, was on hand to explain what they offer to students.

“I had a great experience with the kids,” Budde said. “They are our future….and we want them to know that Michigan Works! is here to help. Many of them were wondering why we were on the training side of the gym.

"Most people have no idea how many free programs we offer, especially for youth. Our Out-Of-School Youth program offers paid work experience as well as on-the-job training to those aged 18-24. In some cases we can even help with college tuition. The main goal is to help them receive training in a career and in turn a full time year round position, especially in high demand jobs.”

To read the full article click here to see the March 1st edition of the Oceana-Herald Journal.