Career Readiness Academy

CRA is designed to teach career readiness skills to high school students throughout S.E. Michigan. During this journey, the same team of Young Leaders and students connect to explore topics like personal brand, career economics, networking, interview preparation, LinkedIn and how to market yourself. This experience not only provides the opportunity for more personalized attention throughout sessions, but also forges important mentor-mentee relationships.

2022-2023 CRA by the Numbers:

  • 15 Participating Schools
  • 53 Young Leader Volunteer Mentors
  • 225 Metro Detroit H.S. Students
2022 Governor's Service Award-Youth Services Impact Award Recipient

Curriculum Includes:

  1. Intro to CRA & Personal Brand - Field Trip
  2. LinkedIn + Resumes
  3. Career Assessment
  4. Career Exploration
  5. Advanced Manufacturing + Skilled Trades - Field Trip
  6. Interview Skills + Mock Interviews
  7. Networking + YL Place of Employment - Field Trip
  8. DEC Graduation Meeting - Field Trip

Participating Schools:

  • A.G.B.U. Alex & Marie Manoogian School
  • Central Academy
  • Dakota High School
  • Frontier International Academy
  • Golightly Career & Technical Center
  • Hazel Park High School
  • Henry Ford II High School
  • International Academy East
  • International Academy of Macomb
  • Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
  • Melvindale High School
  • Michael Berry Career Center
  • Rochester Community Schools - ACE High School
  • Southeastern High School
  • Utica Academy for International Studies

CRA Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2022 - 2023 Career Readiness Academy? Email Matt Valant at

CRA Alumni Network

The mission of the CRA Alumni Network is to be a resource for CRA student graduates and current CRA students. The goals are:

  • Provide continued engagement with the DEC as future Young Leaders
  • Provide a platform for their early professional network
  • To enhance their business acumen by expanding on the current/past CRA curriculum

  We’re working on some exciting things so stay tuned!