Next-Level Career Magazine 2024

2024 Skilled Trade Career Paths Magazine

The Dickinson County Talent & Education Taskforce is excited to release this year’s Next-Level Career Magazine! With the hope of reaching future professionals within and outside of Dickinson County, this magazine was designed for students, teachers, educators, and anyone interested in pursuing a career-oriented future.

Learn about the different career paths, programs, and value career and technical education bring as you scroll through this publication. The 2024 Next-Level Career Magazine will touch on programs from DIISD and Bay College Iron Mountain, as well as provide you with the knowledge of post-education professional opportunities and experiences from local students.

If you’re interested in learning more about Skilled Trade Career Paths, contact Mary Meyers, Executive Director of the DAEDA.

The Alliance celebrates graduates entering the skilled trades.


The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance announces a call for nominations to recognize local high school graduates pursuing skilled trades career paths upon graduation.

The Dickinson County area is home to many large companies in the manufacturing, construction, healthcare and technology sectors that offer meaningful careers in fields that align with Career and Technical Education paths available through the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District Tech Center and Bay College Iron Mountain campus.

“Skilled trades career paths offer access to in-demand careers with a smaller educational investment and often a high financial payoff,” said Mindy Meyers, executive director of The Alliance. “We want to celebrate these students as they enter the next phase of life contributing to the local economy’s success, either in the workforce or in a training program.”

Teachers, parents, counselors, and friends can nominate a high school senior for a chance to win a prize package that includes a $25 gift card to Step Ahead and swag from area businesses as well as recognition on social media.

To nominate a senior from Forest Park, Florence, Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Niagara, North Dickinson, Norway, or West Iron County, visit Nominations are accepted through April 17, 2024.

One random winner from each area high school will be selected from the entries received. Those who nominated the winners will be contacted by email on April 22, 2024.

Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance welcomes Mindy Meyers as its new executive director

Mindy Meyers Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance

Iron Mountain, Mich., (March 27, 2024) – The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance is pleased to announce its new executive director, Mindy Meyers.

“Mindy has demonstrated leadership in community development during her tenure as program director of the Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority, paired with her knowledge of the local community and her enthusiasm for continued growth in the area, made her the ideal candidate,” remarked Tony Edlebeck, chair of The Alliance. “We are confident Mindy will work hard to continue the successful growth and development of the area as Lois passes the torch.”

“It has truly been a pleasure working with the community and businesses in the Dickinson area,” remarked Lois Ellis. “Together, we have accomplished so much, and I look forward to seeing the area continue to develop under Mindy’s leadership.”

The organization is committed to a smooth leadership transition. Ellis and Meyers have been working together over several weeks to successfully transfer the ongoing work of the Alliance task force groups and all active projects. The overlap period allows for time to introduce Meyers to the Alliance Investors and the existing network of resource partners. Our focus remains strong, and we plan to build upon the collaborative foundation of our organization as we move through this leadership transition.The Alliance executive director is the administrative officer of the organization and is responsible to the Board of Directors for a full range of activities, such as organizational structure and procedures, communications, budget and finance, program activities, and the creation and implementation of the organization’s strategic economic and community development plans.

About the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance
The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (The Alliance) is the leader in stimulating economic development in the Dickinson County area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Alliance joins business, industry, education, government, and community organizations to grow the region’s economy by retaining, recruiting, and growing talent for our growing employer base as well as promoting business retention & expansion, government relations & advocacy, and infrastructure & housing development. Through marketing & branding efforts, The Alliance tells the unique story of a robust community in which to live and work. The Alliance is a 501c6 with 80% of its funding from private-sector employers. For more information about The Alliance, visit


The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (The Alliance), an economic development organization, seeks a well-experienced and dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization in Dickinson County, Michigan. After six years in the position, the current Executive Director is retiring.

The Executive Director is the administrative officer of the organization and is responsible to the Board of Directors for a full range of activities – organizational structure and procedures; communications; budget and finance; program activities; creation and implementation of the organization’s strategic economic and community development plans.

Interested applicants can learn more and apply at Applications are due no later than January 31, 2024.