Shelly VanderMeulen, MSW

Shelly VanderMeulen is a Career Advisor for Northwest MI Works! in partnership with Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network region.  She works to connect education with the workforce to promote students’ awareness of possible careers in their future. This is done by constantly looking for how to make connections that create learning and growth for students, school staff and the workforce.  Shelly grew up with both parents in education so she was always being “taught” lessons in every situation. After she became a social worker, she experienced various roles along the way through foster care, in-home intervention, counseling, program development and more where she was able to build on her parents’ work by using “teachable moments” to help others.  Ultimately, Shelly came to career exploration. Her passion became helping others to find what they were passionate about.

Somewhere along this path, Shelly also fell in love with science. Just like with people, Shelly noticed that there were connections everywhere in science and different connections could have very different results. Now, Shelly combines her love for helping people with her curiosity of science by helping counselors, teachers, and administrators connect students to various career possibilities in the workforce of STEM.

What Shelly Can Do For You

Shelly is constantly looking for how to make connections that create learning and growth for students, school staff and the workforce. Below are is a sampling of a few ways she can help:

  • Career Exploration Planning for Schools (K-12)
  • Career Exploration Resource Development and Curation
  • Career Pathways
  • Building Connections Between Schools and Businesses
    • Business Tours
    • Classroom Connections
    • Career Event Planning
    • Career Speakers
  • Working with Businesses to Engage Students in Their Work

Contact

Do you have wonderings? Contact Shelly:

  • Email: shelly.vandermeulen@networksnorthwest.org
  • Twitter: @NWMWEduPlan
  • Facebook: Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network

Partners