Get the Facts

  • Michigan’s talent gap stems, in part, from a career awareness gap.

    Students are unaware of, and don’t always have access to, the multiple pathways that lead to rewarding and good-paying jobs in Michigan.

    We have a talent issue and we can – and must – do more to fix it.

    Michigan is bursting at the seams with diverse career opportunities. The Professional Trades alone will account for more than 500,000 jobs in our state’s economy by 2024, adding 15,000 new jobs each year during that time.

    The Michigan Career Pathways Alliance initiatives seek to improve access to multiple pathways to good jobs in Michigan by:

    • Elevating the productive use of educational development plans (EDPs) statewide.
    • Implementing a career exploration and job readiness course before students begin to select their electives in high school.
    • Enhancing career counseling by supporting districts with the hiring of “career development facilitators” that support school counselors, with the focus of helping students explore career options, be it early or middle college, an apprenticeship, community college or four-year degree.
    • Showcasing flexibility within the Michigan Merit Curriculum to allow for more courses like geometry in construction, allow computer science as a foreign language, and career health programs to count as health and/or physical education requirements.
    • Expanding CTE statewide and starting the discussion to provide equitable opportunities for all students with additional funding to schools to operate CTE and Professional Trades programs.
    • Continuing the Going PRO campaign designed to change the dated perceptions on the Professional Trades through a peer-to-peer approach aimed at students and those who influence them.
    View a complete list of the alliance's initiatives →
    Superintendent Whiston's executive directive →
    Learn how your business can support schools here 

Action Tracker

Pending Action

  • Count rigorous CTE credentials as transferable college credits

    Enhance career counseling

    Ensure state-funded CTE programs lead to an industry-recognized credential

    Expand CTE statewide

    Match Crowdfunding for counselors and Professional Trades programs

In Progress


  • Most of the initiatives listed above will require implementation support and will be ongoing, even after they are marked completed.