Snyder to talk jobs and the economy Thursday at Oakland Community College

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder will meet with students and job providers on Thursday in Oakland County to talk about Michigan’s economic comeback and the growing number of private sector jobs, nearly 223,000 and counting, that are being created in the state.

“Michigan is the comeback state. We’ve overcome years of decline and our state’s economy is the best it’s been in a decade,” Snyder said. “We’ve come a long way but we still have much to do, and I look forward to continuing the conversation about Michigan’s reinvention and comeback with some of our customers – the people of Michigan – at Thursday evening’s event.”

The hour-long conversation with about 200 invited guests will begin at 7:15 p.m. on the campus of Oakland Community College – Orchard Ridge, in Farmington Hills. The event will be live-streamed at Michigan.gov/snyderlive. Michiganders can also participate online and are encouraged to submit questions for the governor on Twitter and Facebook by tagging posts with the hashtag #askgovsnyder.

It is the latest in a series of ongoing events the governor has held around the state to talk with residents about the reinvention of Michigan.

In addition to talking about jobs and Michigan’s economic turnaround, Snyder will highlight collaborative efforts between higher education and the private sector to better match Michigan’s talent supply with current and future job needs.

For example, the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program is helping address a talent shortage in the manufacturing and technology industries. MAT2 students receive a salary throughout the program, have all tuition fees paid by their employer and receive an advanced associate’s degree upon completion. Graduates then are guaranteed a job when they commit to staying with the employer for at least two years after the training period ends.

Snyder’s Office of Constituent Services is also available to help with questions and provide assistance with state government. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lansing. More information is always available online at Michigan.gov/snyder.

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