Informative booth set up for the early childhood job fair

Early Childhood Job Fair Hosted in Houghton County

The Michigan Works! Houghton County American Job Center hosted a Job Fair on Thursday, June 20th. Eight employers and three training institutions participated looking to fill early childhood positions including teachers, aides, parapros, substitute teachers, daycare coordinators, playgroup supervisors, bus drivers, cafeteria help, and administrative assistants. There were also employers seeking healthcare field positions including direct care workers, RNs, Clinicians, and Therapists.

Training Institutions on site included Northern Michigan University, Gogebic Community College, and Bay Ojibwa Community College. All three were promoting their Childhood Education Programs and reported great interest from job fair attendees. Nancy Carter, a recruiter from NMU, had hoped to recruit 1 person from the fair and by the end of the day she had recruited 5 individuals for their Early Childhood Master’s Program. 

This job fair was coordinated through collaboration with the Great Start Collaborative Director, Iola Brubaker, Michigan Works! staff and those who participated. 

“Having qualified staffing is essential for our area’s early childhood programs. This fair is designed to bring awareness to the many great opportunities to work with children that exist in the Copper Country.”  – Iola Brubaker, Copper Country Great Start Collaborative Director.

Additional information presented during the day was about how to start your own in-home daycare. The Job Fair was open from 1:30-4:30, with a turnout of 21 job seekers, an onsite interview, and several follow-up interviews scheduled.

For more information about the event please visit the TV 6 website as they were in attendance capturing details of the fair:

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