Alumni Invited to 'Return North' Event

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Northern Michigan University alumni are invited to participate in the fifth annual Return North Professional Careers Fair from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 20. The three Upper Peninsula-based SmartZones are collaborating on the virtual event, designed to connect jobseekers with local companies to network and explore career opportunities in the region.

There is no charge for jobseekers to participate. Employers pay a $200 registration fee. Both can register at The event will utilize the Career Fair Plus virtual platform.

“I accomplished more in an hour, in a parking lot with [a] hotspot, than I had for a month sitting in front of my computer trying to do online job searching,” said Luke Comstock, reflecting on his participation last year. He received two job offers afterward and accepted a position with GS Engineering. He and his family were able to relocate from Grand Rapids to Houghton, fulfilling their dream of returning to the Upper Peninsula.

Return North organizers invite U.P.-based businesses as well as companies with open remote positions to participate and connect with job prospects in 1:1 and group sessions. More than 25 employers are currently registered for the event, spanning a wide variety of industries including engineering, technology, cybersecurity, insurance and risk management, health and human services, higher education, law enforcement, manufacturing and more.

For more information, contact Kristin Johnson, marketing coordinator with Innovate Marquette SmartZone, at 906-399-3582 or

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