GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (6/10/14)--Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said the state has many unfilled good-paying skilled trade jobs, and a program from the Michigan Credit Union League is a way to encourage and support students to explore those opportunities.
Gov. Rick Snyder said encouraging more Michigan young people to explore careers in skilled trades is a "top priority." (Michigan Credit Union League photo)
Snyder, who spoke at the league's annual convention in Grand Rapids last week, thanked the league for its Career and Technical Training program--an initiative of the league, U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Iron Mountain) and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency.
"We have thousands of open jobs and still too much unemployment," Snyder said (Michigan Monitor June 6). "The skilled trades is the best place to look."
He said the problem goes back to when the emphasis for post-secondary education was shifted to a four-year degree and away from the well-paying skilled trades jobs.
"That was the mistake we made 20 years ago or so," Snyder said. "I want Michigan to be the leader in emphasizing both tracks."
Aimed at teens and young adults, the Career and Technical Training guide outlines Michigan industries--ones that don't typically require a four-year university education--that are short of workers.