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Michigan Career Resource Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the Michigan Career Resource Network (MICRN) is to provide career development information and resources to students, adult learners, teachers, counselors, and administrators in collaboration with our partner offices and organizations.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Michigan’s job losses continue to be affected by the decline in its largest sector—manufacturing. Major industries and products include automobile manufacturing, farming (corn, soybeans, wheat), furniture, timber, fishing and tourism. The state is focusing on emerging opportunities such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences and entrepreneurship.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 6.2%, as compared to 7.0% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Educational Services
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The MI CRN facilitated an enhancement to Michigan’s Web-based Career Education Consumer Report, expanding it into a comprehensive resource of statewide occupational training programs for K-12 students, teachers, counselors, workforce development caseworkers, and adult learners.

• The Career Portal, the Department of Labor and Economic Growth’s career information Web site, features a sub-portal customized for students and parents. This sub-portal offers information on homework assistance, links to electronic libraries, No Child Left Behind resources, and much more.

• The MI CRN sponsored and helped plan the 2004 Growing Entrepreneurship in Michigan conference in response to the governor’s charge that state career education programs “work collaboratively with community colleges to develop an accelerated entrepreneurship curriculum, including and associate degree...?. The conference highlighted best practices and successful models, and provided resources and curriculum models for the development of new programs.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Michigan has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Guidance Posters
• Career Information Delivery System (CIDS)
• Facilitating Career Development
• Michigan Career Education Conference
• Michigan Career Portal
• Occupational Videos
• Parents as Partners Initiative
• Postsecondary Program Inventory
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

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Middle Schools 0
High Schools 0
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 0
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Primary Resources

Michigan has published the following resources:
• Facilitating Career Development
• “Why Do I Need This Class?? Poster Series
• Postsecondary Program Inventory (Web)
• Michigan Career Portal Outreach - Print Materials

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

Michigan does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Michigan Career Education Programs
• Office of Career & Technical Preparation
• Office of Postsecondary Services
• Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives
• Employment Service Agency
• Office of Workforce Development
• Michigan Virtual University

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Christine Reiff
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth
Office of Career and Technical Preparation
201 North Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: (517) 241-0260
Fax: (517) 373-8776
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth

Regional Contact Information