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With the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act—the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)—the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has merged the Career Readiness Cross-Sector Team work with the Perkins V subcommittees to advance career readiness. This merge will ensure that the broader career readiness/P-20 career development perspective continues to inform career and technical education policy and practice while eliminating any duplication of effort by our valued career readiness stakeholders. Learn more about our current career readiness initiatives below.

Career Readiness Collaborative

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE-OCTE) and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Workforce Development (LEO-WD) participate in the national Career Readiness Collaborative, a Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) initiative to:

  • Foster networking and peer learning about strategies to develop a statewide P-20 career readiness continuum.
  • Incorporate work-based learning activities that support career readiness through applied learning.
  • Support students in special populations to participate in career readiness activities.
  • Strengthen the alignment between career readiness and student wellbeing and connection.
  • Identify key strategies and next steps to strengthen career readiness opportunities in our state.

Michigan Career Development Model

The Michigan Career Development Model (MI CDM) is designed to provide all students (K-12) in the Michigan educational system with the necessary knowledge and skills for success in a career of their choice and lifelong learning

Career Pathways Grant

The Career Pathways Grant is a collaborative grant opportunity to fund secondary/postsecondary partnerships to develop seamless programs of study aligned to local labor market needs and student interests; with learner-friendly on-ramps and off-ramps, that culminate in postsecondary recognized credentials.

Future Proud Michigan Educator

The Future Proud Michigan Educator (FPME) LAUNCH program is for students who are interested in careers in education or other fields related to children. This initiative supports the Governor's "60 by 30" goal for the state's workforce.  Learn more about FPME's initiative, resources and credentials. 

MDE’s Career Readiness work supports Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan to:  

  • Expand secondary learning opportunities for all students 
  • Increase the percentage of all students who graduate from high school 
  • Increase the percentage of adults with a postsecondary credential 
  • Increase the numbers of certified teachers in areas of shortage