Career Awareness: Programs In and Out of School

Find programs for all ages, both in and out of school, including: mentoring; summer and after school camps; competitions; field trips; science, technology, engineering, & mathematics (STEM) programs; model programs; and learn about skilled trades; leadership and employability skills; careers in many fields.

Classroom Activities

Build Your Future: 4-H Wayne County – A curriculum for teachers to build classroom lessons around skills and knowledge in career exploration at the high school level (adaptable to middle school).

CARES – Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. program providing classroom activities around work readiness and career awareness – grades 10-12, focused on Detroit High Schools.

Engineering for Kids – Guest presenter for classrooms featuring STEM activities, ages 4-14.

Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) Explorers – Internationally recognized curriculum for teachers to build classroom lessons around school and life readiness skills such as critical thinking, etc. Includes STEM.

Detroit Economic Club: Career Readiness Academy  – six-month program that helps students effectively navigate their high school journey to find greater success in the workforce.

DAPCEP STEMM Squad – workshops offered for classrooms, put on by volunteer professionals who work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

G.R.A.C.E. – Online modules for teachers for classroom activities around Geography Information Systems and Technology. Grades 8-12.

Kode with Klossy Camp – Provides two week introduction to coding and software engineering principles. Students will learn the same programming languages behind various apps.

Linked Learning in Detroit Classroom activities that can be built around 21st century themes such as digital media arts, engineering, green energy, health sciences and law/justice.

Project Lead the Way Michigan – Eight, nine week units taught in middle school and 8 yearlong courses offered in High School around engineering and biomedical career paths.

SAE World in Motion – A teacher administered, industry volunteer assisted program that brings STEM to life in classrooms, grades K-8.

Transportation and Civil Engineering Program (TRAC) – Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) curriculum that can be provided by teachers in middle school/high school, centered around solving real world programs such as designing bridges, highway projects, etc. Science, math and social science focused.

Camps/Activities Outside Of School – offered in the summer, weekends, after school

AweSTEM Summer Camp – Focus Hope program open to metro Detroit area students grades 6-8 to attend one or two 3-hour courses around computer programming and graphic design.

Camp Henry – Summer program at Henry Ford College for middle school and high school students with hands on learning experiences and exploration in STEM.

DAPCEP Pathfinders – Learning modules offered in science, technology, engineering and mathematics on university, corporate and community campuses – offered six consecutive Saturdays.

DAPCEP Summer Camps – Work in laboratories and classrooms in colleges, exploring STEM topics.

Digital Connectors –  Focus Hope’s Digital Connectors after school program introduces high school to software programming and media production, along with leadership skills and personal development.

Go-Girl An 8-week Saturday program at Wayne State University in the winter, where mentors work with girls to create interest in STEM fields.

Kids Lab – BASF Corp and the Michigan Science Center partner to provide hands-on chemistry workshops for students age 6-12 every Saturday and Sunday through the year.

Michigan State University Community Music SchoolMSU Detroit Center offers Music Education and Music Therapy opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes.

Michigan State University Tollgate Farm and Education CenterCamps and programs offer children learning adventures in farm and food, discovery science, and natural resources exploration.

Michigan State University James Cohen Detroit N’ Hollywood School of ActingClasses at MSU Detroit Center for youth in acting with participation in theatrical productions.

MSU in the 313Middle and High School students experience a variety of college programs to begin to prepare for career pathways in college.

SEMCA Summer Skilled Trades Experience – Out-Wayne County Michigan Works! and UAW summer training program for students to explore trades.

SEMCA Talent Tours – Summer camps to expose young people to high demand careers such as advanced manufacturing, health care and IT.

Spotlight On STEM – An eight-week program from Goodwill Industries that introduces disconnected youth to STEM activities via an interactive computer-based learning experience.

STEMinista – A Michigan Science Center program for girls grades 4-8, a variety of special programs in STEM.

Summer Camps at Lawrence Technological University – For incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, STEM academic camps interested in STEM.

Taking Tech in the City – Boot camps put on by Grand Circus Detroit to give students critical skills for tech jobs.


DAPCEP Women of Color STEM Conference – Meet executive women in STEM professions from Fortune 500 companies in workshops provided at a conference. For girls grades 9-12.

Discover Day – Henry Ford College offers a day where they showcase their 100+ associate degree and certificate programs.

Girls in Stem – An event sponsored by Schoolcraft College and the American Association of University Women, providing keynote speakers and experiences for girls grades 5-8 in STEM.

Manufacturing Day An event connecting students with employers and businesses providing exposure to students to different industries, during National Manufacturing Week.

SEMCA Talent Tours – Program to expose young people to high demand careers such as advanced manufacturing, health care and IT.

Technology and Engineering Career Pathways Open House – Schoolcraft College faculty provides demonstrations in a variety of skilled trades, technical and STEM programs – targeted on grades 7 and 8.


C-STEM Midwest Competition – International STEM education program that offers curriculum which emphasizes hands-on, project-based learning, ultimately competing at a regional competition.

FIRST Robotics Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, schools create teams to compete in robotics competitions.

Future City Competition – Middle school program where engineering mentors work with classes using SIM City software, culminating in a presentation judged by members of the Engineering Society of Detroit.

Innovative Vehicle Design/Mini IVD – Square One Education Network’s two-year competition where students demonstrate creative engineering, focusing on alternative energies in transportation.

Jolt Competition – Monthly entrepreneurship competition that helps ideas move from concept to reality and provides winners with funding and professional services.

Michigan Engineering Zone (The MEZ) – Supports FIRST Robotics teams in a variety of leadership skills, while exposing them to STEM.

Robofest – A Lawrence Technological University festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning STEM. Middle school and High school divisions available.

The LIFT Prize in Robotic Blacksmithing: Igniting Students – Introduces digital or robotic technology to students, where their projects can be registered for the competition.

V2X (Vehicle to Everything!) – A select group of 10 schools will participate in competition in a first-of-its-kind connected vehicle lab school.

Young Inventors Competition – Middle school students participate in a contest to brainstorm solutions to problems by inventing ideas.

Web Resources

MI Bright Future – Provides a significant of number of resources focused on connecting students to real world experiences, including mentoring, job shadowing, career exploration, and much more.