Students from the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programs coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! recorded videos where they talked about their career goals, what JMG has taught them, and what JMG means to them. Watch the videos to hear their comments.
Austin Bjorkquist, JMG student, CASMAN Academy, Manistee
Brian Cramer, JMG student, Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center, Traverse City
Day Davis, JMG student, CASMAN Academy, Manistee
Jaila Davis, JMG student, Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center, Cadillac
Joe Beauvais, student in the Char-Em ISD JMG program at East Jordan
Josh Stepke, JMG student, Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center, Traverse City
Max Hawkins, JMG student, Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center, Cadillac
Ralph Carroll, JMG student, CASMAN Academy, Manistee
In November of 2020, Networks Northwest hosted the first ever JMG Up North Virtual Leadership Day in collaboration with UP Michigan Works and Northeast Michigan Works Consortium. This event drew 63 youth who participated in career awareness, budgeting, and leadership activities. Watch the videos below to see the presentations from the featured speakers at the event.
Tim Furlong, the President and Founder of My Quarter Turns, was the keynote speaker. He talked to JMG youth about how small shifts in the way they do things can have a huge impact.
Terry Vandercook, the Chief Program Officer at Networks Northwest, spoke to JMG youth about being a leader.
Traverse City West High School Assistant Principal, Dan O'Berski, spoke to JMG students and staff about the challenges he faced growing up, attending an alternative high school, and how he ended up choosing a career where he works with and helps young people.
Deb Ballard, the Community Development and Market Manager North Region TCF Bank, spoke to JMG youth about the basics of credit and how it is important to their future.
Sonya Blanzy, the Director of Operations for Youth Solutions, spoke to JMG youth about her involvement with the JMG program.