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It's never too soon to start thinking about your future. Students in Bay County schools can use The Opportunity Connection to experience the world of work such as; job shadowing or work experience.

Opportunities like these prepare you so you'll know what it takes to get a good job, whether you begin looking right after you graduate, or after you finish college or some other training. 


Career Day Programs and Fairs




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Special events held to allow students to meet with postsecondary educators, employers and employees, or human resource professionals to learn about education and work opportunities. Could involve students in any grade K-12.


Exploring is a career exploration program open to young men and women ages 14 (completed 8th grade) through 20. Local community and business organizations initiate individual career clubs or "Posts" within their community to promote community awareness, enhance public relations efforts, and to recruit potential employees.

For students, Exploring helps young adults develop career goals and meet others with the same interests. Activities are centered on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, character education, leadership experience, service learning, and life skills. Exploring encourages the development of the whole person. Exploring is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America; however, previous participation is not necessary.

Too early to think about your future?  Middle schools is exactly when you should start thinking about college or other career paths.  Your future is connected to the career you decide to pursue, and college is where you gain the necessary skills for your career.  A little planning now will help you in the future.

Think about what you love to do? Your interests today say a lot about what type of career you might want to pursue, whether it is playing sports, an instrument, or  spending time on the computer your interests can help you choose your career.  Listed below are steps that can help you in exploring your interests.  Also, don't forget to talk to your school counselor, parents, guardian and friends about them.

Think hard about what you are good and what you enjoy.  Make a list of your skills and interests.

Attend Career Day Programs or events to find out more about the kinds jobs that interest you, along with their educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook and anything else that can help you decide what’s best. Explore!

Make a second list of possible jobs that you would like to have and compare it with your skills and interests. The job that matches your skills and interests the closest may be the career for you.

Choose your career goal. Once you've decided what occupation matches up best, then you can begin developing a plan to reach your career goal.

Develop a career plan. Think about what you want to do and find out more about the kind of training, education and skills you will need to achieve your career goal.

Make arrangements through Opportunity Connect to experience work-like environment through job shadowing.

Start looking at schools that offer a college degree or training program that best meets your career goal and financial needs.

Go to your school guidance center, the local library, and businesses for additional information and help on career planning.

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For your convenience we have listed the area middle schools below: 

Bangor Area Schools

Christa McAuliffe Middle School

3281 E. Kiesel Road

Bay City, MI 48706-2447

Phone Number: (989) 686-7640

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Bay Area Catholic Schools

All Saints Central Middle School

217 S. Monroe Street

Bay City, MI  48708

Phone Number: (989) 892-2533

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Bay City Public Schools

Handy Middle School

601 Blend Street

Bay City, MI 48706-4306

Phone Number: (989) 684-1723

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Western Middle School

500 W. Midland Road

Auburn, MI 48611-9300

Phone Number: (989) 662-4480

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Essexville Hampton Public Schools

Cramer Junior High School

313 Pine Street

Essexville, MI 48732-1584

Phone Number: (989) 894-9740

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Pinconning Area Public Schools

Pinconning Area Middle School

605 W. 5th Street

Pinconning, MI 48650-8712

Phone Number: (989) 879-2311

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