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March 11, 2020

As event professionals, our job is to prepare for unpredictable circumstances, remembering that “things don’t always go as planned.” We crossed our fingers that the snowy weather would clear up the day before the Build It: Construction! 2020 showcase, but Michigan greeted us with another snow day. At 6 a.m., students and teachers were celebrating in their pjs, while we adjusted our expectations for the day. 

 For months, we had...

Thinking about working after high school instead of going to college? You’re not alone. According to a recent article on Market Watch, one in five Generation Z-ers and young millennials (15 to 24 year olds) are on the fence about attending college and getting a degree. This means that about 20% of young people are going against the grain, acknowledging the massive student debt that would accompany college, and are considering...

April 10, 2019

Retired at 47 with a pension. Great healthcare. College for three children. Financial security on one income.

These aspirational goals may seem out of reach for today’s college students and young professionals, but for workers in the skilled trades, these scenarios are the norm.

The skilled trades are often underestimated by high school graduates and their parents, but these jobs are in demand and offer good pay and benefits.


Preparing to Inspire

The energy in the room drastically shifted from the previous day when we were simply setting up the venue. Parents, volunteers, and construction workers of various fields bustled around the carefully constructed (pun intended) Build It: Construction! Expo at Iron Ridge’s first floor offices.

Less than 24 hours before, volunteers turned the empty office space into a construction mecca, complete with 5 hands-...

February 2, 2019

The state of Michigan anticipates more than 811,000 open jobs through the year 2024 - that’s according to the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan and Michigan Department of Education. This prediction, and others like it, are attracting the attention of Michigan leaders, including newly-elected governor Gretchen Whitmer. In response, Governor Whitmer recently declared February as Career and Technical Educatio...

January 4, 2019

“Explore, Experience, Excel” -- these are the three words that graced the top of a green and white folder that was placed in my lap as I attended the third and final segment of the Make It: Manufacturing series: the parent information meeting at Urbanrest Brewing Co. I admittedly didn’t have much interest in the folder in front of me until Oakland Schools Technical Campuses (OSTC) representative and Career Guidance Counselor,...

October 23, 2018

  • The Setting:      Iron Ridge Marketplace, bright and early

  • The Weather:    Sticky

  • The Cast:       150 middle & high schooler students, 5 manufacturers, 10 volunteers, 7 teachers, and 3 entrepreneurs

  • The Plot:     a showcase of manufacturing companies! Part field trip, part hands-on, ALL focused on exploration and fun!

Make It: Manufacturing!


October 6, 2018

Being thirteen holds a poignant place in my memory. This may be due to my new, awkwardly chopped haircut or the emergence of crushes and pimples-- but I’m tempted to attribute this memorable middle school year to something much larger than insecurities.

Middle school is undoubtedly a time of transition; as our bodies warp and change, our brains develop from childish ways of thinking to adult ideologies. We finally get to choose...

July 23, 2018

I have no background in construction but I still had a ball working at the first ever BUILD IT: Construction! expo, produced by Pathway X Events. It took place in a seemingly ordinary neighborhood on a seemingly ordinary day. But something powerful happened inside the sunny Iron Ridge warehouse on a side street of Ferndale's Woodward Avenue on the first morning of Spring 2018.

At 8:45 a.m. eight activity stations were ready to...

March 14, 2018

X. The letter “x” is commonly used as the name for an independent variable or unknown value. It is a variable that stands alone and isn't changed by the other variables you are trying to measure.

Nothing is more unknown, uncertain, and undetermined than the path of our own individual lives. And at no point is that path more malleable than middle school.

Amidst the hormonal hurricane of adolescence and the distractions of the mod...

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