4 students in photo examples of SWWC programs. Auto, Welding, Culinary and Careers in Ed.
2022 SWWC

OPEN HOUSE & BUSINESS SHOWCASE

WHAT IS THE SWWC?

The South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC) provides Career & Technical Education (CTE) opportunities to 11th and 12th grade students enrolled in the Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan and Saline school districts. Approximately 800 students participate in state-approved CTE programs as they continue to plan and prepare for college and career. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2022

CONTACT:

Dr. Ryan Rowe
SWWC Executive Director

South & West Washtenaw Consortium 

rower@salineschools.org

SOUTH & WEST WASHTENAW CONSORTIUM (SWWC) TO HOST OPEN HOUSE & BUSINESS SHOWCASE FOR CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

The 2022 SWWC Open House & Business Showcase will again bring educators and business leaders together to share insight, experiences, and the value of career and technical education (CTE). There will be interactive areas for the students to participate in while they visit the classrooms/labs in which they are most interested. Business leaders are invited to be present to communicate employment opportunities for students, now and in the future, and answer questions regarding post-secondary options - for college and career. Representatives from Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will be participating as well. There will be a silent auction to support the SWWC student organizations which will include student projects and donations from area businesses.

The event is Thursday, December 1st,  at the Saline High School from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and presented by the South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC) and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC).

10th grade students from the six Consortium districts - Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, and Saline are invited to attend with their families. Current 11th and 12th grade students from the six SWWC districts enrolled in SWWC programs and their families are also invited to attend. Businesses who register for the SWWC Open House & Business Showcase at the Open House and Business Showcase Registration Link are able to arrive to set up as early as 4:00. From 5:00 - 6:00 participating businesses who register will enjoy a networking event with food and refreshment provided by the SWWC Culinary program. 

10th, 11th, and 12th grade students may arrive at 6:30 pm and engage with business/industry leaders who will be present along “Business Row'', where students and families may speak with representatives who will share information regarding their company, employment opportunities for students while in high school (such as paid internships within their organization) along with employment opportunities following graduation from high school with a certificate or license and after completion of a two-year and/or four-year degree.

Following a 10 minute break (7:25 - 7:35 pm) students, parents/guardians, and business/industry leaders will move to the classroom/labs. Participants may visit more than one program (classroom/lab) during this period of time. This offers an opportunity for students and parents to venture to the classroom/lab that most interests them or in which they are currently enrolled. Business/industry leaders, aligned with a CTE program, will be present in the classrooms/labs. They will have the opportunity to discuss the state of their respective industry as well as potential employment opportunities with participants. 

The goal of this event is to promote the SWWC CTE opportunities and connect 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, and Saline with local business/industry. Parents and students will gain a better understanding of the earning potential, options for further education, and communicate with different local businesses regarding employment opportunities now and in the future.

“The SWWC CTE classes are more than just reading out of a textbook. The classes are hands-on and reflect the real world applications we will experience! I encourage any student that is interested to come to the event, check out the numerous programs available, and see what opportunities await you"  ~ Current Student - SWWC

“I receive numerous phone calls each week from a variety of industries asking for employees. It is the intent, through this event, to have business leaders meet with students to describe various career paths and opportunities. At the same time, parents can be informed and involved to support their child with a promising career path, to college and career, that in turn benefits the community as a whole - now and in the future." ~ Ryan Rowe, Executive Director - SWWC

The investment of being a part of this event for a company is actively planning and articulating career paths and opportunities to potential employees now and in the future. 

Prepared. For College and Career.

All information related to the Showcase can be found at: https://www.salineschools.org/schools/swwc/open-house/

 

BUSINESS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2022 SWWC OPEN HOUSE & BUSINESS SHOWCASE!

 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT LINKS:

Open House & Business Showcase Registration

Open House & Business Showcase Payment

 

* Please complete the registration and payment links separately. *

Stanley Infrastructure (Welding)

Saline Orthodontics (Health Sciences)

Stevenson Water Hauling (Building Trades/Agriscience)

Bemis Farms Preschool & Childcare (Careers in Education)

Kyocera Unimerco Tooling, Inc. (Computer Aided Design)

EHM Senior Solutions (Health Sciences/Exercise Science&Sports Medicine)

MMI Engineered Solutions (Computer Aided Design)

Toyota Research and Development (Automotive Technology)

Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (Entrepreneurship, Business, Accounting)

Fox River Group (Entrepreneurship, Business & Accounting)

Allegra Print Mail Marketing (Graph-X/Visual Imaging Technology)

Mercury Broadband (Marketing)

Liebherr Aerospace Inc. (Welding/CIM)

Liebherr Gear and Automation Technologies (Engineering/Robotics)

A&H Lawn Service, Inc. (Agriscience)

LaFontaine Automotive (Automotive Technology)

Zingerman's (Hospitality & Tourism Management)

Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology (Health Science)

Brio Living Services (Exercise Science & Sports Medicine/Health Science)

Busch's Market (Culinary Arts) 

Capstone Tax & Financial (Entrepreneurship, Business & Accounting)

Glycon Corporation (CIM)

IHA (Exercise Science & Sports Medicine/Health Science)

Greater Michigan UA Local 190 JTC (Building Trades)

McNaughton & Gunn, Inc. (Graph-X/Visual Imaging Technology)

Michigan Army National Guard (Computer Servicing/Electronics)

R&B Plastics Machinery (Engineering/Robotics,CIM,Comp Servicing/Electronics, CAD)

Saline Lectronics (Computer Servicing/Electronics) 

Sheridan (Graph-X/Visual Imaging Technology)

Silver Maples of Chelsea (Exercise Science & Sports Medicine/Health Science)

ZOLLER, Inc. (CIM)

Z Plumberz (Building Trades)

Marine Corps.

Sensors, Inc. (Computer Servicing/Electronics)

Stevenson Capital & Company (Culinary Arts)

Mid-Tech Inc. (Welding)

Wolverine Rental and Supply (Automotive Technology)

Washtenaw Community College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General FAQ 

What is the goal of this event? The goal of the SWWC Open House & Business Showcase is to promote the Career and Technology Education (CTE) opportunities of the SWWC and to connect 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, and Saline with local business/industry leaders. It is the intent to provide students and parents/guardians with a deeper understanding of earning potential, options for further education, and communicate with different local business/industry leaders regarding employment opportunities now and in the future.

What will the event entail? The event will have business/industry leaders present to speak with participants about their experiences and the value of career and technical education. They will have an opportunity to share employment opportunities available for a student while they are in high school and/or following graduation as the student has earned a certificate/license, following a two-year degree, and following a four-year degree. Business leaders are encouraged to answer questions and engage in dialogue to educate participants about their respective business/industry. Representatives from Washtenaw Community College will be present. Finally, there will be a silent auction to support the SWWC student organizations which will include items from CTE programs as well as business donations.

Where and what time is this event taking place? The event is Thursday, December 1 at the Saline High School for students and parents/guardians from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The SWWC Open House & Business Showcase is presented by the South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC) and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC).

 

 

Student FAQ 

This is a free event for high school students with countless opportunities!

Do students and families have to pay to attend this event? This event is sponsored by the South and West Washtenaw Consortium and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and is free of charge for students and families.

Who is invited? The SWWC covers six districts including Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan and Saline. 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are invited to attend with their families. Business leaders from the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and others are invited to visit and/or participate in this event.

Are siblings or other family members invited to attend? Yes, siblings and family members are encouraged to attend.

 

Business FAQ

Why would a company participate? This is an opportunity for business leaders and companies to show what career paths and opportunities a student has while they participate in a SWWC CTE program and/or following graduation. While talking with students and parents, businesses can begin building relationships with potential qualified employees. Professionals can showcase their business information and be available for questions. Other opportunities will include silent auction items and/or other donations.

The investment of being a part of this event for a company is actively planning and articulating career paths and opportunities to potential employees now and in the future. At the same time, families can be informed and involved to support their child with a promising career path that in turn benefits the community as a whole. “Prepared. For College and Career”.

Is there a cost for this event? 

The Event Cost is $125.00 for SACC members and $200.00 for non-SACC members. 

Businesses may register for the event at https://www.salineschools.org/schools/high-school-9-12/swwc/open-house/ 

Where can I learn more about the SWWC? For more information, please visit our website at https://www.salineschools.org/schools/swwc/

How else can I advertise my company at this event? We are hosting a Silent Auction that will benefit the SWWC Student Activity Fund for the program of your choice!  We are looking for donations of products, services, swag, baskets, or gift cards for participants of the night to bid on. In addition to the silent auction the students will have a raffle they can enter in for participating in the event so if you would be interested in donating student oriented items, it would be a great way to advertise your company’s support for the programs. Please email us if you plan to participate and with what items!

SWWC 22-23 Open House Poster