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Downtown hosts career and job fairs

May 6, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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MiCareerQuest 2015
Students climb a concrete shoring and forming system during MiCareerQuest at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

There will be a career fair and a job fair downtown next week to combat worker shortages in four industries.

MiCareerQuest will be held Tuesday at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, which will feature an educational career fair, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for students in college, high school and middle school.

The MiCareerFair job fair will also be held later in the day, from 4-7 p.m., for all workers.

The second-annual MiCareerQuest has expanded beyond the construction industry and will also feature employers in the health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology industries.

More than 100 employers will be on hand to host interactive and experiential activities meant to help attract the more than 9,000 expected students to their fields.

More than 70 employers will also be accepting applications at the MiCareerFair for entry-level, technical and professional positions.

The career fair was started by West Michigan Works!, to help attract young talent to the various construction trades. The inaugural event last year hosted more than 6,000 students.

This year, ABC/WMC worked with its partner hosts West Michigan Works! and Kent ISD to expand the event's offerings.

MiCareerQuest/MiCareerFair employers

Allied Mechanical

Architectural Glass & Metals


The Bouma Corporation

Buist Electric

Burgess Concrete

Butterball Farms

CD Barnes Construction

City of Grand Rapids

CSM Group

Dan Vos Construction


DeWys Manufacturing

Driesenga & Associates

Enterprise Tool & Die

Erhardt Construction

Feyen Zylstra

Forest View

Fox Brothers Company

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Fire Department

Home Builders Association

ITS Partners

Kent Companies

Kent County Health Department



MacAllister Rentals

Mercy Health

Metro Health


MFP Automation Engineering

Parkway Electric

Pioneer Construction

Pleune Service Company

Plummer's Environmental

Porter Hills

Precision Aerospace Corp.


Rohde Construction

Sobie Company


Triangle Associates

U.S. Army

Van Dam Iron Works

Vanguard Fire & Security

Vos Glass

Welch Tile


Wolverine Building Group

Wolverine Coil Spring

Zeeland Lumber

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