- Director of Communications
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September 2015 Highlights
Closing the skills gap and bolstering Michigan’s talent pipeline is one of the top issues facing the business community in Southeast Michigan. Continuing the conversation from the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference, ongoing efforts to dispel misperceptions about the skilled trades rely on creating a dialogue between employers, educators and elected officials. Filling positions with highly skilled workers in industries including automotive, construction, health care, information technology, and manufacturing is critical to the region’s competitiveness and enables Michigan to become the strongest economic state it can be.
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Mike Rowe stopped thinking of himself as a TV host more than a decade ago when he realized the people who perform the sometimes dangerous and unglamorous, yet fascinating and necessary jobs he was bringing to the screen didn’t need a celebrity; they needed help.Continue Reading
Four-year college degrees are important. That is not going to change, and it should not. But what needs to change is the conversation about career pathways and the definition of a good job.Continue Reading
From running medical diagnostic equipment in hospitals, to keeping servers up and running, to ensuring that vital infrastructure is sound, and using advanced manufacturing techniques, skilled trades workers are often the glue that keeps America together.Continue Reading
Changing the perception of the skilled trades goes deeper than just altering education. The perceptions – or rather misperceptions – are present in Hollywood and in pop culture.Continue Reading
Skilled trade positions, and others like it, are central to bolstering Michigan’s industrial future. We cannot overemphasize the importance of preparing the next generation of specialized trades. Our future – Detroit’s future – depends on it.Continue Reading
The future of manufacturing is right here in southeast Michigan. We have the power to take actions that will help ensure that this field remains a strong contributor to Macomb County and the region’s economy for many generations to come.Continue Reading
Many students contemplating life after high school confront the difficult decision of “What’s next?” Often they grapple with whether to work toward a two- or a four-year degree or to pursue a skilled trade. Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent at the Detroit Regional Chamber, said this either-or narrative needs to be put to rest once and for all.Continue Reading
Spend a few days talking to people about what is going on in the tech sector of Southeast Michigan’s economy, and you hear that word over and again: excitement. Excitement about the pace and nature of change. Excitement about the breadth of opportunity in manufacturing, health care and information technology.Continue Reading
As a senior lecturer in general management at Harvard Business School and a founder of the global consulting firm Monitor Group, Joseph Fuller understands the ongoing issue of employers unable to find qualified workers and students unable to find gainful employment after high school or college graduation.Continue Reading
Southeast Michigan is rapidly becoming a hub for the research and development of intelligent transportation systems – a mobility advancement promising safer roadways, less traffic congestion and fewer carbon-dioxide emissions – and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is entering the field in a big way.Continue Reading
While a four-year degree is certainly one way to develop important job skills, apprenticeships are proving to be an increasingly attractive alternative. This “earn while you learn” career path couples training with paid on-the-job work experience.Continue Reading
With the rebound of the auto industry, Detroit’s bankruptcy reorganization and an overall sense of area rebirth, the problem has become one of finding people with the right skills to do the jobs.Continue Reading
As employers across the state can attest, today’s knowledge-based economy is driven by an unprecedented pace of technological advancement and disruption that make predicting the next innovation or emerging job market extremely difficult. It also creates challenges in fielding the highly trained, dynamic workforce needed to compete globally.Continue Reading
For more than 100 years, Baker College has been relentlessly focused on training and educating people for jobs. Real training. Real jobs. New programs launching 2015 fall quarter at Baker College’s three Detroit-area campuses are examples of how Michigan’s largest private college supports employers’ workforce needs.Continue Reading
As president and CEO of SER Metro-Detroit Jobs for Progress, Eva Garza Dewaelsche oversees an organization dedicated to helping people find and keep employment, a service she believes forms the foundation for economic stability throughout the entire region.Continue Reading