Career Readiness

Career Readiness is a work-based program aimed at juniors and seniors who plan to enter the work force following their high school graduation.

Coordinator Jeff Branch (at left) has established partnerships with area companies, businesses and municipalities willing to give students opportunities to explore professions and careers that interest them. He also organizes and coordinates groups to attend career fairs and other events to expose students to different careers in northern Michigan.

Jessie Trumble and Alayne Hansen at Michigan Works assist with job fairs, job placements and job training for the students.

Individuals, companies, businesses and municipalities interested in forging a training agreement with the school district can contact Mr. Branch at 989-344-3500, ext. 3427.

Read more about the Career Readiness program in the Crawford County Avalanche.


During the 2018-2019 school year, nine students were placed in jobs or apprenticeship opportunities in the community.


As of the beginning of the second trimester of 2019-2020, 19 training agreements were completed, including work-based learning placements and job shadowing.

The companies signed on as of December 2019 for work opportunities or job shadowing include:

  • J&J Heating & Cooling 
  • Monarch Millwork 
  • Springs Window Fashions 
  • Feeny Ford of Grayling
  • Airway Automation.
  • Munson Healthcare Grayling
  • Grayling Hospital for Animals
  • Crawford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crawford County Juvenile Court
  • Crawford County Probate Court
  • Michigan State Police Crime Lab
  • The Brook of Grayling
  • Deane Systems
  • Alro Steel
  • Grayling Middle School
  • Family Fare
  • Xpress Copy Center
  • SMK Beautification

October is Manufacturing Month. In October 2019, students attended job fairs and toured sites to learn about career opportunities: 

  • 25 students toured Weyerhaeuser's Grayling mill on October 3.
  • 50 GHS and GMS students traveled to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City for a construction trades career fair titled “Building Tomorrow,” where they were exposed to HVAC, different facets of construction trades, heavy equipment operation and line working on October 11. 
  • 20 GHS students toured the Arauco North America Plant in Grayling Charter Township and Kirtland Community College’s Wood Technology Institute on October 17.
  • 15 GHS students attended STEM Day at Alma College on October 14, a 3-hour event where they participated in two different STEM labs of their choice and were given a tour of the campus.


Work-based Learning

Arauco Plant Tour - October 2019

Northwestern Michigan College Career Fair - October 2019

Weyerhaeuser Plant Tour - October 2019

Alma College's STEM Day - October 2019