Talent and Economic Development
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:
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
Bring education and business together
Elevate productive use of educational development plans
Increase opportunities for career discovery and implement talent portfolios
Implement career exploration and job readiness
Implement externships and out-of-classroom experiences
Recruit and retain CTE instructors
Showcase Michigan Merit Curriculum flexibility
Use tools for student career planning
Develop CTE/Professional Trades playbook
Most of the initiatives listed above will require implementation support and will be ongoing, even after they are marked completed.