Michigan Career Placement Association

Students Holding Question MarkThe Michigan Career Placement Association is a professional organization whose goal is to provide direction, placement, and leadership services to all personnel who assist in the placement of all students into work-based learning experiences.

Services to the employing community and to students, graduates, out-of-school youth, and adults is based on individual needs.  The placement process must maintain the highest standards of quality, integrity, and efficiency to the benefit of employers and the various client groups.

MCPA President’s Message

Greetings Fellow Members,

The MCPA Mission is very important to the internal work of our members and provides focus for the external engagement with the larger community.

“The Michigan Career Placement Association is a professional organization whose goal is to provide direction, placement, and leadership services to all personnel who assist in the placement of all students into work-based learning experiences.

Services to the employing community and to students, graduates, out-of-school youth, and adults are based on individual needs. The placement process must maintain the highest standards of quality, integrity, and efficiency to the benefit of employers and the various client groups.” As an organization we are here to provide direction, placement and leadership services for our members internally. Externally, the services you provide are metered out through relationships within each community with quality, integrity and efficiency.

February is Career & Technical Education and Entrepreneurship Month and this is certainly an appropriate time for you to think about your students and clients along with the business partnerships that make CTE and work-based learning possible. As you reflect on the components of the MCPA Mission I am sure that you will recognize your achievements and the faces of your recipients who have participated in opportunities for career success over the years.

Please visit http://www.acteonline.org/general.aspx?id=2722#.VsHqKLIrLre for more information on how to highlight your good, good work!

My goal this year as the MCPA President is to learn from you! As an organization I want to broaden our members’ understanding and connection to the richness of each other’s work and share your personal experiences with fellow members throughout Michigan.

To begin this journey MCPA will be traveling to various cities in Michigan for our Executive Board Meetings. Our first meeting was in Bay City, MI at the Bay Arenac Career Center. Mrs. Kellie Seward, SVRACC Regional Representative, assisted with the arrangements for the meeting space and a delicious business lunch; which was prepared by the Handy Nutrition Services with Bay City Schools. A BIG thank you goes out to Kellie and Bay Arenac for planning and hosting this meeting.

We welcomed Patricia Jones, NMCA Regional Representative for the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who traveled by far the longest distance for the meeting. Patricia skillfully planned the trip around additional school district business which made it possible for her to be with us. We also had a guest from Kalamazoo RESA. Irene Mayfield is the new Co-op/Career Specialist and attended with her regional representatives, Lisa Bartell and Anna Patton, to gain training and insight into the process and structure of work-based learning and how the MCPA organization can support her in the new role.

There are two additional meetings scheduled for this year. Please connect with your regional representative if you have items of concern or interest that you would like to share with the board. If you are in a region without a representative feel free to contact me directly.

  • April 22, 2016 – Genesee Career Institute (Flint, MI)
  • August 19, 2016 – Oakland Schools Technical Campus – Northwest (Clarkston, MI)

The next leg of the journey involves all of YOU! This is an invitation to share “A Day in the Life” of you and your work. You may write it from the joy and struggles perspective, or the student looking in, or the teacher you help support and assist. However you would like to share is up to you so, be creative. I am certain that we all have something in common and can stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another throughout the State of Michigan.

Your article should include: personal bio, job description, type of work performed, and the “why” you do what you do! We know the work changes from day to day so pick the story you want to share! Please keep your article between 500-750 words. We will begin posting the stories on the website when the first article is received. Let’s connect with our colleagues around Michigan. www.micareerplacement.org

So, enjoy March and all that it brings. Remember YOU are a member of a professional organization providing direction, placement and leadership services with quality, integrity and efficiency.

I am honored to serve as your president and thank you for the work you do every day in support of student preparation and industry partnerships!

Kind regards,

Cynthia Scherphorn

MCPA President (2015-2016)

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