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Manufacturing Talent

MMA Testifies in Support of Career Tech Education

MMA had the opportunity to testify before the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee on Tuesday, 3/21/17, in support of creating greater flexibility in the Merit curriculum and to highlight the many opportunities available to students if flexible options are provided in K-12 schools.

Linked below are copies of MMA’s testimony and the four bills being considered by the Committee on the issue of CTE in Michigan schools:

Talent Remains a Top Priority for Snyder Administration

The state’s current budget process will determine what funding is available for pursuit of valuable pro-manufacturing programs and Michigan’s overall competitiveness. As the first step in the budget process, Governor Rick Snyder released his Executive Budget Recommendation on Wednesday, 2/8/17.

The overall budget recommendation reflects a positive outlook toward Michigan’s continued economic growth with investments in skilled trades talent development, economic development, infrastructure and education. The Governor’s recommendation totals $56.3 billion, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, and includes $10.1 billion in General Fund dollars. The Governor also offered a projected budget for 2019.

Highlights of the Governor’s budget recommendations include:

  • $40.9 million dollars to be invested in skilled trades training, now known as the Going Pro Program — this is a 32 percent increase from the prior year.
  • A one-time allocation for talent marketing in the amount of $5 million dollars to support stronger career connections.
  • A more than $260 million deposit into the state’s rainy day fund, which would see the fund’s balance cross $1 billion — the balance was just $2 million in 2011.

“We are pleased to see a continued focus by Governor Snyder on creating a viable talent pipeline for job seekers coming through Michigan’s K-12 system, local ISDs and community colleges,” said Mike Johnston, MMA vice president of government affairs. “We appreciate the Governor’s vision and look forward to working with the Legislature to create more skilled trades training opportunities.”

You can read a summarized version of the Governor’s budget proposal at his website.

Contact Mike Johnston, at 517-487-8554 or johnston@mimfg.org, for more on how Governor Snyder’s budget recommendations and the Michigan budget process impacts your business.

Governor Snyder Highlights Skilled Trades as
MMA Provides Unique Talent Solution

MMA and it’s PRIME® partner, the SME Education Foundation, are encouraged by the focus placed on skilled trades education programs by Governor Rick Snyder during his seventh State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

“Michigan is leading the nation in new manufacturing careers — more than 164,000 new jobs have been created since June 2009 — but more still needs to be done,” said Mike Johnston, MMA vice president of government affairs. “MMA and our partners at the SME Education Foundation are optimistic about Governor Snyder’s interest in re-dedicating Michigan to the development of a sustainable talent pipeline.”

The need to locate, develop and retain Michigan talent has been a focal point of the Governor’s second term, driving many to seek innovative new methods to solve the state’s talent crisis.

“MMA, SME’s PRIME® program and the Manufacturing Institute’s national Dream It Do It® initiative have established an innovative partnership to inspire and prepare high school students for skilled careers in manufacturing,” said Brian Glowiak, vice president of the SME Education Foundation. “The PRIME® program engages manufacturers and schools in local communities to implement customizable curricula and hands-on training using relevant equipment and technologies to address the current and future talent needs of local industry.”

As the legitimate purchasers of the product the educational system produces — talent — this unique program allows employers to maintain an active role in the development of a curriculum which achieves career-readiness for any high school student interested in pursuing a future in manufacturing. Available in 40 locations across 22 states, PRIME® has impacted more than 40,000 students nationally.

“Our ultimate goal is to create a manufacturing-driven pipeline in Michigan high schools and middle schools,” said Johnston.

MMA, SME’s Education Foundation and the Manufacturing Institute are currently talking to manufacturers across Michigan in search of opportunities to develop career tech programs in the K-12 system.


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