Governor’s Education Summit 2013 Highlights

WelcomeYesterday, we attended the Governor’s 2013 Education Summit in Lansing, MI. With a conference room filled with educators, business leaders and students, we set out to understand how we can best assist in closing the gap between the business sector, education sector and students.

The major goal of the Education Summit (hashtagged #geds2013 on Twitter), was to find better ways to match supply and demand in the state.

The day kicked off with a panel of students who spoke on what high school didn’t teach them about real world careers.

Later, business leaders identified key weaknesses that were selected from last month’s Economic Summit, where the private sector and education system must work together to solve:

  • More collaboration with higher education institutions (universities, community colleges, vocational) and high schools

  • Qualitative internship, co-op and community involvement experiences

  • Skills shortage all-around; Not enough students to meet job demand, not enough students past high school education level, may have to search out of state in the near future to fill talent gap

  • Healthy, vibrant, core cities will increase retention

  • Find creative ways for effective networking opportunities in the education systemDialogue Rules

  • Better connectivity between businesses, education and talent

  • Too many kids leave high school without knowing all their possibilities

  • Real world, new-age examples need to be implemented in the classroom

Next, we attended our region’s breakout session which includes problem solvers of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb county. The major highlights that came from the breakout session include:

  • “Instead of having to retrain the workforce, let’s build systems within K-12 to give students all their career options before leaving the first time”

  • Overheard: “Michigan has the highest concentration of skilled labor in the world”

  • Vocational schools can work with community colleges and universities, their just has to be a meeting of the minds to accomplish one common goal

So, what is the Detroit Training Center doing to combat some of these issues currently and what can we do better? With a large database of construction contractors we like to say we “do not train for the sake of training.” We train our students knowing that there is a job in mind and that they will have an employable license, certificate or skill-set that nearly guarantees them a job in this economic climate. We can also identify greater opportunities within our K-12 system for ushering students into our programs and helping them to become train and employed post-graduation.

These are some of our ideas, do you have any suggestions for our staff?