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Preparing students to enter the workforce

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Carly Bortz, Administrative/Communications Assistant

Boyne City High School seniors practice mock interviews with volunteers before interviewing for job opportunities with area companies at the Interview Fair hosted by Char-Em ISD.

Designed to prepare seniors for their future careers, 71 seniors honed their job-seeking skills through mock interviews with area volunteer organizations prior to engaging in interviews for possible job opportunities with 18 area companies who were present.

The Interview Fair hosted by Char-Em ISD at Boyne City High School was a great opportunity for students to practice interview skills with a variety of businesses, and have their resumes critiqued to then use to apply for jobs they interviewed for on the spot.

Area companies in need of talent were successfully connected to potential employees, as many students are expected to be hired by the companies they interviewed with. Char-Em ISD addressed both the need for more workforce, and career preparation needs all in one successful event.

Local companies looking to hire at the event included: Kilwins of Boyne City, Stiggs Brewing Co, Drost Landscape, McDonalds Boyne City, Barrel Back and Tommy’s Walloon (together), Precision Edge, Walmart, Meijer, Petoskey Plastics, Beard’s Brewery, Home Depot, the City of Boyne City, Industrial Magnetics Inc., Shanty Creek Resorts, Red Mesa and Cafe Sante (together), Irish Boat Shop, and Courtyard Marriot.

Thanks to twelve volunteer organizations, students got ample interview practice through mock interviews before interviewing with companies: McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Michigan Scientific Corp., the Navy recruiter, NCMC, Fifth Third Bank, DNR, Northwest Michigan Works!, Networks Northwest, NLEA, Char-Em ISD, and Brandi Schroeder and Zach Cox-Mandigo of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps.

Interested in other opportunities for student career prep? Visit, and stay tuned for the save the date for National Manufacturing Day tours, where students tour local manufacturing companies to learn about skilled-trades career opportunities.

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