Report: Michigan needs more people with post HS education

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report says Michigan needs 779,000 more residents with a post-secondary degree or certificate within 10 years to meet employer needs and join the ranks of best-educated states, a sizable increase from current levels.

Forty-six percent of citizens have degrees or certificates now. The report issued Tuesday recommends 60 percent have a college degree, graduate degree or technical certificate by 2025.

The report comes from a work group of university leaders, business executives, lawmakers, Gov. Rick Snyder’s office and others.

Recommendations include launching a marketing campaign and hiring more high school counselors and college advisers. Other suggestions include tripling the number of high school students in early college and career technical education courses, increasing need-based financial aid and streamlining credit transfers from community college.

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  • Michael Welles

    If MI needs more people with post HS education, there is only one way to get them. Pay them more than what they would get in better places to live. It is the simplest economic equation there has ever been. Salaries in MI are significantly LESS than in most other states for the same jobs. Yes, cost of living is lower here as well, but with the crumbling infrastructure we have, the cost of living SHOULD be lower here. That is a DRAWBACK to attracting and keeping talent, not an asset. And it is a drawback which needs to be overcome with money. Plain and simple, we need to pay people to live here because they clearly will not do it on their own in numbers sufficient to fill our needs.

    • Michael Welles

      BTW, those “recommendations” made above are idiotic, and the people who made them should be thrown out of whatever positions they hold. Marketing campaigns don’t work anymore. They were great when people across the country didn’t know about Michigan’s infrastructure problems, but the word is well out now. Creating more college students is throwing money away because without incentives to keep them here all that money you invested in them will be leaving as soon as they graduate and go to other states with better pay, better opportunities, and better living conditions. These solutions are DECADES behind the times, and the out of touch people making them are a big part of the problem, rather than the solution.

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  • Zigman Frued

    When will Michigan’s working class ever learn to embrace the concept of compassionate concessions in the workplace, cease their never ending entitlement mentality, and finally begin submitting a working class fair share of federal, state, county, township, municipal, sales, property, and fuel taxes along with a fee schedule for government services worthy of working class funding?

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