KRESA Career Connect to Host County-Wide Career Exploration Family Night
Kalamazoo RESA (KRESA)’s Career Connect program will host MiCareerQuest Southwest (MCQSW), an immersive career exploration event for students, along with the first accompanying Family Night, at the Kalamazoo Expo Center on Oct. 24, 2023, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Historically, over 4,000 eighth graders from Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties converge annually at MCQSW, the largest interactive career exploration event in the region. Scheduled for Oct. 24 and 25, during school hours, MCQSW is a school field trip that gives students the opportunity to participate in hands-on career exploration activities and engage with professionals from local businesses to learn about high-growth, high-demand careers.
This year, Kalamazoo RESA Career Connect is offering an exciting new opportunity to extend this MCQSW event beyond school hours and invite the public to attend. For the first time, all young people and their families or other accompanying adults can share in the MCQSW experience.
At MCQSW Family Night, all attendees will have the opportunity to interact with equipment, tools, and state-of-the-art technology used by professionals in a broad range of in-demand jobs. The event is also an opportunity to network with professionals and participate in activities that highlight the many career opportunities in high-growth industries available in Southwest Michigan. Free family swag bags will be given to the first 100 families who pre-register at kresa.tfaforms.net/122.
MCQSW Family Night Details:
DATE: Tuesday, October 24
TIME: 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St. Kalamazoo, MI 49048
What to Expect:
Learn about careers from local employers
Discover tools and resources to support career conversations at home
Experience the community debut of the Kalamazoo Career Connect Discovery Lab
Enjoy giveaways and family fun
Event open to the public
Venue is handicap accessible
Spanish, French, Arabic and ASL interpreters available at the event