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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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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March 14, 2018

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