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MiCareerQuest 2017



On Thursday, April 13 at DeVos Place, more than 9,500 students will gather for the third annual MiCareerQuest.  Not your average Career Fair, in fact, it’s not a career fair at all, MiCareerQuest is a career exploration experience where students rotate through quadrants highlighting four high-demand industries: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Health Sciences and Information Technology. The “Home Building” hands-on exhibit will feature some of the most in-demand careers and give students a chance to try their hand at some of the work involved in building a home while interacting with post-secondary students in training at HBI and YouthBuild, their instructors, GRCC M-TEC construction training instructors and HBA member trade professionals. “This is a unique opportunity to showcase, in an interactive, hands-on way, some of the great career paths available for students in residential construction and encourage them to learn more,” said Andy Lofgren, Executive Officer for the HBA.  “In addition to more than 9,500 area students attending, many teachers, counselors and homeschool parents attend so we also look forward to sharing with them what our industry has to offer.”   Interested in helping us introduce more than 9,500 area students to careers in the residential construction industry?  Contact Jodie at (616) 281-2021, ext. 201 or e-mail her at to learn more about how to get involved with MiCareerQuest.

Below: HBI students are working with Patrick Shanafelt, Building Construction Technology Instructor, to build really cook, eye-catching “Steam Punk” design electrical and plumbing displays that will incorporate moving parts with RGB LED lights inside for the Home Building exhibit at MiCareerQuest.  Interested in helping us introduce more than 9,000 area students to careers in the residential construction industry?

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A special thanks to the following 2017 MiCareerQuest Planning Team and partners:

Patrick Shanafelt and HBI Students
David Niewenhuis, Kyle Welter and YouthBuild Students
Chris Heyduk of Zeeland Lumber
Todd Peuler of Fox Brothers
Gideon Sanders and Joe Reed of the Academy of Design and Construction
Scott Mattson, Kyle Lackscheide and John Doane of GRCC M-TEC Residential Construction Training Programs
Kevin Lutz of West Michigan Works!
Amanda and Ponch Wildman of Tru Media Home

Kellermeier Plumbing Inc.

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