Labor and Economic Opportunity
LANSING, Oct. 24, 2017 — Pathfinder, the state’s new state-of-the-art online career exploration tool designed to address the need to increase the number of Michigan residents with high-quality, in-demand degrees and credentials, was recognized by the state of Michigan with an Excellence in Technology Award on Tuesday.
Pathfinder is a free, first-of-its-kind-in-Michigan tool that uses current labor market information, longitudinal wage data and other institutional data and metrics. It allows people to better match skills to career paths and jobs.
Pathfinder is a the result of a collaborative effort by the Talent Investment Agency which is part of the Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development, the Department of Technology Management and Budget, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan College Access Network, Michigan Virtual University, Michigan Works! agencies and others.
“So many people came together to create this tool that will help students, parents and jobseekers get the information they need to make decisions about the future,” TIA Director Wanda M. Stokes said. “I’m thrilled that our team is being recognized for its work. But I’m even more excited for the people who will be able to take advantage of this innovative tool.”
The Michigan Excellence in Technology Award highlights innovative work of information technology professionals in state and local government and are presented at the annual Michigan Digital Government Summit. The awards were first presented in 2005.
The project to develop the Pathfinder career exploration tool kicked off in September 2016. Pathfinder was funded with state funds and federal grants and developed with internal state government resources to provide:
Pathfinder is designed to provide real-time, value-added information for users to make more informed decisions on education and career opportunities. It supports numerous state goals:
Visit https://pathfinder.mitalent.org to try out Pathfinder.