Michigan Government Officials, Employers and School Counselors to Address State’s Talent Shortage Solutions at Lansing Conference
While obtaining a four-year degree will continue to be an effective path for many of our state students, it is no longer the “only” route leading to successful, credible and well-paying careers. Michigan will have more than 811,000 high-demand, high-wage career openings to fill through 2024 with nearly
“With an economy that’s completely transformed, it’s imperative that we also transform and innovate talent development within our education system,” said Holly Markiecki Bennetts, president of MACAC. “Now more than ever, Michigan has an increasing number of careers available in healthcare, manufacturing, technical fields and other professional skill trades that offer benefits and high wages ranging to six figures, and they don’t require four-year degrees, but instead associate’s degrees, certifications on-the-job training or alternative opportunities. The issue is that many students and their counselors aren’t aware of these career pathways and opportunities.”
MACAC’s and Kelly Services’ concerns and efforts towards Michigan’s talent shortage are echoed by the state government, with its
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to see the growing, much-needed attention and investment that Michigan’s talent and schools are starting to receive,” said Michelle Steffes, Kelly Services vice president and managing director, Talent Strategy, who will be the keynote speaker at the Future of Work conference. “The Marshall Plan follows another impactful law on this matter that was recently signed by Governor Snyder, House Bill 4181, which will result in school counselors expanding their knowledge base of successful and rewarding careers, fields and pathways that students might never have considered before.” The law will go into effect in 2019 and will require school counselors to spend 25 hours of their 5-year, 150-hour recertification process solely on college admissions, 20 hours solely on career counseling and 5 hours on military careers.
MACAC’s Future of Work conference will dive deep into how the next generation wants to work, what employers need from future talent, and how school counselors can help lead the way. The event on this important issue will provide participants the opportunity to earn 3-4 SCECH credits.
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