Labor and Economic Opportunity
The MiSTEM Network – which unites education, business and community partners across the state – is creating pathways for all students to consider and pursue high-wage, high-demand careers. Established by the MiSTEM Advisory Council, the MiSTEM Network was created to make STEM learning more accessible across the state and position more Michigan students for career success in our rapidly changing economy.
The Black Leadership Advisory Council was created by Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-163 as an advisory body in the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. The Council will act in an advisory capacity to the governor and develop, review, and recommend policies and actions designed to eradicate and prevent discrimination and racial inequity in Michigan.
The mission of the Office of Global Michigan is to empower and engage the immigrant, refugee and international community to make Michigan the home for opportunity.
The 15-member Michigan Women's Commission was created by statute in 1968. Commission duties include reviewing the status of women in Michigan, directing attention to critical problems confronting women, recommending ways of overcoming discrimination, enabling women to develop skills, conducting surveys, and recognizing women's accomplishments and contributions to Michigan. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms.
The Michigan Community Service Commission utilizes service as a strategy to address the state's most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities.
Michigan’s goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree from 45% today to 60% by 2030.
Sixty by 30 seeks to build a better Michigan in three ways:
Increase opportunity for all Michiganders and give residents greater access to the education and skills that create opportunities for better jobs and bigger paychecks.
Close the skills gap that challenges the success of our businesses and our state’s prosperity. Jobs requiring skilled employees today, as well as jobs on the horizon, demand greater education and training than ever before.
Make Michigan more competitive for inclusive economic growth.
Right now, hundreds of thousands of Michiganders live in poverty. There is no single face to this problem—its causes are many and varied, and so are its consequences. No matter how poverty is viewed or measured, however, one thing is clear—too many Michiganders lack the opportunity they deserve to get ahead, or even get by.
While there are already many efforts underway throughout state government to assist individuals living in poverty, the Michigan Poverty Task Force will find ways to strengthen, broaden, coordinate and streamline those efforts, ensuring that Michigan families have access to the support they need.