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December 2022: Career Exploration and Awareness Month

WHEREAS, it is critical for Michiganders to understand the many career pathways available to them and to have the resources and tools to actively engage in career exploration throughout their life; and,

WHEREAS, the state faces an urgent and growing need for talent and, to meet that need, many more people must earn college degrees, certificates, industry certifications and other high-quality credentials; and,

WHEREAS, we must better prepare Michigan residents to understand the workplace of today and the future requires lifelong learning; and

WHEREAS, the state has set forth a goal of reaching 60% postsecondary educational attainment rate by 2030 to ensure more Michiganders have the skills they need to succeed in high-demand, rewarding careers; and,

WHEREAS, the many programs and services the state provides help upskill and provide tuition-free education pathways to in-demand careers; and,

WHEREAS, parents, counselors, educators, coaches, and influencers of the state’s young people and job seekers should have meaningful conversations with Michigan students and job seekers about the different career options available to ensure they are aware of the skills needed for high-demand, high-wage careers; and,

WHEREAS, these conversations must continue as people navigate career options and make changes in their employment and education; and,

WHEREAS, there are several career planning tools available to young students as well as adults who are launching a career or re-entering the workforce; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Works! network works with employers across industry sectors to offer training programs such as registered apprenticeships and expanding existing training programs to connect job seekers with these career opportunities; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has made career exploration tools, like the Michigan Career and Education Pathfinder, available to assist residents with career exploration and identifying educational opportunities throughout the state; and,

WHEREAS, Michiganders are encouraged to explore the many options and multiple career pathways which include pursuing credentials, certificates, and degrees;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 2022 as Career Exploration and Awareness Month in Michigan.