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Making the Business Case for Investing In Employee Education

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Why Business Should Invest in Talent breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 16, Detroit Drives Degrees Leadership Council Co-Chairman Richard Rassel discussed the Chamber’s regionwide talent agenda.

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Opening Your Business to Student Career Exploration Pays Off

Most students don’t have any idea what they want to do after high school or college. Some of that is due to the fact that there is little career exposure to young people. My school, Cornerstone Health and Technology, is different. I’m about to start my senior year of high school and I’ve already had three career exploration opportunities.

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Internships Build Critical Skills to Grow Detroit Region’s Talent

Cultivating and retaining local talent is critically important as our region and state prepare for the workforce of the future. As an intern with the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees initiative, I have an up-close view of the Chamber’s important work to increase the number of talented adults in the region with a postsecondary degree or credential through research and writing blogs. I’m also learning about myself and developing important 21st century skills for the workplace.

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Detroit’s Adult College Students: ‘It’s Never Too Late To Go’

For the region’s 690,000 adults with some college education, no degree or credential, returning to school can seem daunting, especially for individuals saddled with debt. Recognizing the need to grow Southeast Michigan’s talent pipeline, Detroit Drives Degrees is working with regional leaders to increase access among adults to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities for high-quality credentials, two-year and four-year degrees.

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Southeast Michigan’s New Online Platform to Give Businesses the Tools to Attract Talent

Research shows that 36 percent of college students left Michigan within a year in 2017. For a region positioning itself to lead the world in technological innovation, the talent problem can no longer be ignored.

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Daniel Little Receives Inaugural Award For Excellence In Education And Leadership

The Chamber, through its Detroit Drives Degrees initiative, presented Daniel Little, outgoing chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD), its inaugural Excellence in Education and Leadership award during the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. The award recognizes impactful leaders that play a role in growing the region’s higher education graduates.

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Lumina Foundation And Kresge Foundation Designate Detroit As Talent Hub

Lumina Foundation, in partnership with The Kresge Foundation, today announced Detroit will join 23 other communities across the country designated as Talent Hubs. Talent Hub cities earn this designation by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain, and cultivate talent, particularly among today’s students, many of whom are people of color, the first in their families to go to college, and from low-income households.

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Trying Not to Become Another Statistic 

It I have been writing and telling stories my whole life. I have always had a quirky personality, and at 20 years old, I now cherish who I am.

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Dream Deferred: The Path To Accomplishing Career Goals 

It seemed to happen overnight. D’ante Whitney, a 13-year old from Detroit, woke up with a deep voice – a really deep voice – and he knew he was destined for a career in radio.

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Business Leaders: Education Reform and Job Creation Will Help Michigan ‘Live Long and Prosper’ 

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and Education Attainment Manager Melanie D’Evelyn spoke at the Michigan Solutions Summit on Thursday, March 22 to share insight on the Chamber’s ongoing efforts towards education reform, job creation, and talent retention in metro Detroit. The event was hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan and Bridge magazine.

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Chamber Honored For Strengthening Student Success Through Education Partnerships

The Detroit Regional Chamber was recognized with the “Beacon Award” during a special ceremony at the Michigan College Access Network’s (MCAN) eighth annual Conference on Monday, March 12. The award recognizes recipients for continually uniting programs, activities and operations in support of postsecondary education. The Chamber’s work to increase the number of adults in the region with postsecondary degrees aligns with the MCAN “Big Goal” of 60 percent postsecondary attainment by 2025. The Chamber’s work is accomplished through Detroit Drives Degrees and the Detroit Promise, both initiatives under the umbrella of the Forward Detroit economic development strategy.

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Jumping Through the Hoops of Higher Education

I’m Afrkah Cooper, a senior at Wayne State University (WSU) working as a communications intern with the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees initiative. In our work, we do a lot of research on student access to higher education, graduation rates and talent retention. Sometimes it’s hard to see people through these numbers. One of my goals as an intern is to help share stories of students, which we’ll do in a blog series called “Student Voices.” To get the conversation started, this blog shares a bit about me and my journey through higher education.

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WATCH: Nationally-regarded Economist Joe Cortright Talks the Power of Education Attainment with Detroit Drives Degrees

Nationally-regarded economist Joe Cortright briefed more than 30 regional leaders about the power of education attainment to drive prosperity. Cortright’s research reveals what he calls “the educational spillover effect” which states the higher the concentration of individuals with postsecondary education within a city, the greater the economic opportunity for everyone. Watch Cortright’s presentation to the Detroit Drives Degrees Leadership Council, which he delivered via Skype from Portland, Ore. on Oct. 4.

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Detroit Drives Degrees Kicks Off Annual “Race To The FAFSA Line” Challenge To Connect More Students With College Financial Aid

In an effort to put more of the $90 million in federal aid that went unclaimed in Michigan last year into the hands of students, Detroit Drives Degrees kicked off its second annual “Race to the FAFSA Line” Challenge, which promotes the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Challenge offers incentives to students, counselors and high schools to complete the form and runs from Oct. 1, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2018. Detroit Drives Degrees, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Forward Detroit strategy, works to strengthen the talent pipeline by increasing the number of adults with postsecondary degrees in the region.

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Part 1: Why Talent Leaves Michigan

My friend Bryan Lewis had a great year. As program director at Youth Energy Squad, his mission is to grow the next generation of green leaders. This year, his team engaged nearly 2,500 Detroit students and completed nearly 600 community greening projects. They visited Washington D.C. and students had the opportunity to meet with leaders to discuss ways to build power for young people across the country to take action in sustainability.

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Detroit Drives Degrees is ‘All In’ on Talent Retention

This challenge is bigger than losing friends and family to other states, it’s directly impacting our region’s economic prosperity and individuals’ household finances. City Observatory reports that a 1 percent increase in four-year degree attainment is associated with a $1,100 per year increase in average incomes throughout a metro area.

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Help Detroit Drives Degrees Attract and Retain Talent in Southeast Michigan

Talent retention and attraction is a main focus of Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) initiative, following college (access) and graduate (success), keeping homegrown talent in the region is important to boost the economy and improve our communities. Unfortunately, only about 40 percent of graduates currently remain in Southeast Michigan post-college to start their careers.

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Improving Talent Attraction And Retention

Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) has three focus areas: Allowing regional residents improved access to a postsecondary opportunity, improving success within those programs, and retaining this talent once they’ve completed their certification, as well as attract new talent to the region. When we say “talent”, we’re talking about people with any sort of postsecondary credential, including a professional certification, and degrees including associate, bachelors and beyond.

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Detroit Drives Degrees Provides Platform To Discuss Region’s Talent Pipeline

The Detroit Regional Chamber held its Talent Outlook: Detroit Drives Degrees breakfast on Thursday, March 23 at the Detroit Athletic Club to discuss the region’s talent pipeline and report on the first year of the Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) initiative.

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Trillium Academy Seniors Hear Career Lessons From Chamber Millennials

Visiting the Detroit Regional Chamber’s office just one day after being announced the grand prize winners of the inaugural Race to the FAFSA Line Contest, more than 20 Trillium Academy seniors got a chance to hear from a panel of millennial employees of the Chamber.

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Counselor Perspectives: Strategies for boosting FAFSA Completion in Your School

To continue the momentum of the Detroit Drives Degrees Race to the FAFSA Line challenge going, we decided to highlight approaches counselors have taken to get their students excited about completing the FAFSA.

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More Evidence on the Migration of Talent

Well-educated young adults are the most mobile people in our society, and are flexible, adaptable, and have recent vintage human capital, and generally command lower salaries than more senior workers.

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FAFSA’s Earlier October 1 Kickoff to Give Families Fewer Excuses

Weekends in October tend to be fantastic for football — not FAFSA. But this weekend is the start of a new earlier Oct. 1 kickoff for filing the form needed to apply for financial aid that some parents and students have found overly long and arduous to complete.

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Study: Public Institutions Spend with Great Efficiency

A new study in the journal Research in Higher Education demonstrates a majority of state colleges spend institutional resources with high efficiency, with short-term yields of 91% efficiency and 85% over the long-term. State legislators should take into account such findings when approving higher education budgets.

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Keeping the Peace: Wayne State Program Continues Longtime Work of Youth Conflict Resolution

Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies program celebrates fifty years of providing neighborhood and school outreach to promote cultural understanding. The Center’s weeklong Ralph Bunche Summer Institute introduces Southeast Michigan high school students to a range of social issues and conflict resolution.

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How to Re-Engage Adults into Education

As Detroit’s economic recovery continues, education leaders like Ron Stefanski of Cengage Learning are focusing on providing educational opportunities to the 80,000 adults in Detroit without a high school diploma or technical training.

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The Economy Goes to College

Why does the region need to reach 60% attainment? Anthony P Carnevale & Stephen J. Rose of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce detail why structural changes in the post-industrial economy demand a skilled professional and managerial workforce in The Economy Goes to College.

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The Reaching for Opportunity

John Austin and a statewide working group have developed a series of recommendations to increase postsecondary credentials from certificates to professional degrees in Michigan. The Reaching for Opportunity report outlines a statewide roadmap for why Michigan needs more postsecondary credential attainment and how to get there.

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A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education

The Lumina Foundation first made the economic case nationally for increasing higher education attainment in the A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education report. Lumina updates progress annually by state. Michigan’s most recent report is here.

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