February 2020 Newsletter

NOTE-Worthy even ts:

  • J.Ranck Electric will hold their sixth annual Skilled Trades Night on March 5 from 5:30-8:30. We took our teenage grandson last year and he still talks about it and is exploring career pathways in electric trades with his Career Navigator!! Registration is on their website https://www.jranck.com/skilledtrades/.

  • March 13 is Mock Interview Day at Mid! High School students from around the area will arrive on the Mt. Pleasant campus to participate in Career Preparation activities hosted in partnership between Mid Michigan College and MSU Extension.

  • March 20 will be Talent Tour Day for 8th graders in Clare and Gladwin Counties. in 2018 Michigan Works! Region 7B organized and implemented a very successful Manufacturing Day. It was not held in 2019 because of the MiCareerQuest Middle Michigan event. BUT, Michigan Works! still want to keep that concept alive so they are organizing Talent Tours at a different time of year! We can't have too much talent inspiration and development so KUDOS to them all!

  • The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Institute for Leaders Class will be on a field trip to Mt. Pleasant on March 19. Visits to CMU and the Discovery Museum are planned. Approximately 40 Leaders from a variety of business and nonprofit entities take the course to increase their knowledge of the region and develop a network for powerful problem solving and expansion across the Great Lakes Bay Region. "Our region can only be strengthened through the leadership of individuals who are knowledgeable, informed, and ready to advocate and bring resources to the table." (http://greatlakesbay.com/institute-for-leaders/) WELCOME them to Mt. Pleasant!
Make sure to open and read the ETP Newsletter for February. It appeared in your inbox last week. The east side of our region has many Career Navigators working and they are profiled in the February issue. Clare Gladwin Career Navigators will be profiled in March!

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I, and others like myself, have spent the past couple of years talking with our GenZ and Millennials about high demand, high paying careers, and the smart ways to get them. So, many of our young people have listened and the enrollment in skilled trades, computer science, construction, medical and agricultural fields is increasing. But how do we keep them here, in the Great Lakes Bay Region, to do this work . . . Empower through education!
  • We need to continue to point out the beauty and bounty of the area.
  • We need to help them with knowledge about calculating and comparing the cost of living. It often looks like salaries are lower compared with cities such as San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, and Boston but their money goes farther here than it does it many locations across the country that get high propaganda as "desirable" to live.
  • We need to continue to encourage businesses to work politically to reduce health care costs, housing costs and quality, and child care availability.
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WHY your business should care about building a STEM-based Talent Pipeline
  • STEM jobs grew at 300% the rate of other jobs in the last decade
  • 71% of employers reported having difficulty hiring for a STEM job within the last 12 months
  • Developing a talent pipeline can reduce your time spent recruiting, which increases profits