Meet JMG Specialist Kim Benz


Kim has been a JMG specialist with Cadillac Innovation and Cadillac High Schools for one year. She works with youth to prepare them for future success and to give them the confidence and skills they need to achieve their goals. We asked Kim several questions to get to know her better.


Why did you become a JMG Specialist?

Being able to show students their potential and helping them overcome the barriers they face in completing their education is important to me.


What inspires you about your job?

Every day I get a chance to help students explore and work toward achieving their goals in life.


Recall a favorite memory as a specialist.

Touring Baker College's Culinary Institute of Michigan, Muskegon campus, is one of my favorite memories. Our students were able to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the program. We got an up-close look as student chefs were preparing to compete in the annual American Culinary Federation (ACF) Sanctioned Competition. Afterward, we had lunch at Courses, a teaching restaurant located on campus.


What is one of the greatest challenges you face in your job?

Students have so many challenges in their lives right now, that it's hard to get them to look beyond the here and now and see that they can have a bright future if they work for it.


What is one of the greatest joys/highlights of your job?

Showing students that the sky's the limit, and they can do or be whatever they want regardless of their current circumstances.


Why do you think JMG is so important for youth?

JMG has so many connections and resources that youth can take advantage of to help them along their career pathway.


Share a couple of random facts to get to know you better.

I live in a tourist destination, so I do a lot of weekend day trips with my family visiting area restaurants, wineries, and festivals. I love to spend time on the beach in Frankfort during the summer and I try to get to Florida once a year to visit my parents and the ocean!