Youth Success Stories

​On-the-Job Training Helps Prepare Student for Nursing School and Beyond

Logan Coopersmith in his white coat

It is never too early to start preparing for a career and building a network of working professionals to help you launch it.

Waterford student Logan Coopersmith, 18, knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. He attended the Oakland Schools Technical Campus in Pontiac, where he completed classes in health sciences and pharmacology.

The Pontiac office of Oakland County Michigan Works helped arrange long-term on the job training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland in Pontiac. There, Logan completed rotations in the critical care unit, emergency department and intensive care unit. He holds numerous certifications in these areas and is currently working toward a pharmacy technician certification. He knows he has been fortunate to work with so many great nurses and doctors at the hospital.

Today, Logan uses his skills as a an EMT for the Waterford Fire Department. This fall, he will be attending Eastern Michigan University, with plans to enroll in the school’s nursing program. He attributes his early career success to date to his support system, which includes his mother, grandparents and other family members. Logan also knows the team at the Oakland County Michigan Works! played a key role in helping him gain valuable work experience while he was still in high school.

Logan looks forward to making a positive difference in people’s lives, just like so many others have made on his young life and career to date.

Young Woman Takes Advantage of On-the-Job Training for New Beginning

Nicole Bird at her desk

Nicole, 23, worked a number of jobs after high school, but finding her career niche was elusive. Oakland County Michigan Works! helped her complete a skills assessment and identify an interest in pursuing a career as an administrative assistant, with the goal of finding a long-term position that provided stability.

She secured a full-time clerk position with the treasurer’s department
for the city of Southfield, which included on-the-job training.