Education Jobs Linked
LANSING — With Michigan’s unemployment rate at the worst level in the nation, educators struggle with how to get graduates into the work force while state leaders try to make Michigan more attractive to college graduates and other educated young people.
David Hollister, director of the DLEG, said
Hollister also advocated more apprenticeship programs in high schools where students can get job experience in skilled trades.
For example, in
GRAPCEP also helps teachers develop a curriculum of skills sought by technical businesses. The program is administered through
Margaret Trimer-Hartley, director of communications for the Michigan Education Association, said curriculum standards need to be high if young people are to succeed in the work force or college.
“You need more and better education to get through those tough times,” she said. “We need to intensify the rigor of the courses.”
High school students “need to be taking a college prep curriculum whether or not they’re going anywhere after college,” she said. “The things we thought were essential for going to college are now essential for going to a trade school.”
Tom White, chair of the K-16 Coalition, a group of 11 education groups from around the state working for increased school funding, said a good education is the key to a better economic future.
“We’re educating the kids who are going to be future taxpayers,” he said.
But what if they don’t want to stay in
Gov. Jennifer Granholm launched the Cool Cities initiative to keep college graduates enthusiastic about living and working in
Hollister said young people leave for other states because “big cities” elsewhere are perceived as more glamorous.
At the same time, Trimer-Hartley cautioned that image may get people to come to a community, but it won’t make them stay.
“You’ve got to have lots of things beyond being cool,” she said, adding that it’s not good enough for a city to say, “come to our community — our schools are closing but we have a great coffee shop down the street.
“You have to have desirable communities that people envision sending their kids to.”