Work Hard and Work Smart

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.

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Skilled Trades Today

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.

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A Good Career

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.

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Future Framework

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.

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University or Skilled Trades? A False Choice

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.

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Creating Cyber Heroes

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.

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American Prosperity

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.

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Smarter Mobility

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.

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