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Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah on NBC’s Education Nation

NBC Education Nation kicked off its national tour in Detroit on March 22. Chamber CEO and President Sandy Baruah appeared on a panel called “Job One,” a conversation about Michigan’s workforce, the skills gap, and the future of our economy. Baurah joined Mary Barra, SVP for Global Product Development at GM; Tim Bryan, CEO of GalaxE Solutions; and James Jacobs, President of Macomb Community College, Moderator Chelsea Clinton lead the discussion on Michigan’s transition from a factory-based to a knowledge-based economy and the effects of this transition on workers, employers, and the competitiveness of the region.

This session touched on the relative roles of education institutions, employers, and the business community in preparing workers to compete in the new economy, and will explore innovative partnerships designed to align industry and education to close the skills gap. Immediately following the session, NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis interviewed Governor Snyder about education in Michigan.

For additional video coverage, visit the Education Nation Detroit Summit website.

Sandy Baruah on NBC’s Education Nation from Detroit Regional Chamber on Vimeo.

WDIV EducationNation Overview from Detroit Regional Chamber on Vimeo.