Career Pathways Intro

  • Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Career Pathways Alliance and Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development logos


    Michigan has come a long way and has created a business climate where companies can grow and thrive. However, there is one thing that is needed to ensure continued economic prosperity for the state, and that’s a robust talent pipeline to fill the growing number of jobs available today. Michigan’s talent gap is the state’s No. 1 threat to a thriving economy.

    The Michigan Career Pathways Alliance is designed to help improve student access to career pathways and help schools enhance their programs – all in an effort to narrow the talent gap and continue to build a stronger talent base in Michigan.

    Gov. Rick Snyder, with TED director Roger Curtis and state Superintendent Brian Whiston, announced recommendations and immediate actions that provide a comprehensive approach to improving access to these in-demand and good-paying careers for students across the state.

    The alliance brings together employers, educators, K-12 districts, higher education, union leaders and businesses – all to ensure every student can reach their potential and know about all pathways to good jobs in Michigan. 



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 carpentry, 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 that influence them.
    View a complete list of the alliance's initiatives →
    Superintendent Whiston's executive directive →
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