‘Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide’ Showcases Political, Business Leaders

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DETROIT (CBS 62) Showcasing programs meant to bridge the divide between job seekers and creators in Michigan, CBS 62’s latest “Eye On The Future” features talks with experts about where the good-paying jobs of today are and where they will be tomorrow.

“Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide” airs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, right before “60 Minutes.” 

Among some efforts highlighted in this fast paced 30-minute special:

• Cornerstone Health High School, which joins Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone Schools and Detroit Medical Center as they team up in a new charter school in Detroit that has a mission of helping its first class of 70 students gear up for careers in the burgeoning healthcare sector.

• Detroit Chassis, an auto supplier on Detroit’s east side, had such a growing need for employees it turned to Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Community Ventures programs and hired dozen of workers who were considered at-risk. They trained these workers who are valuable employees today.

• Cliffs Natural Resources in the Upper Peninsula, like many companies across the state, is addressing its talent needs by working with schools including Northern Michigan University to help find and train good workers. It found itself facing a big time challenge with a 50-percent turnover of its staff.

• “IT in the D” was launched 18 months ago to train more people for much-in-demand information technology jobs as the effort found unique bedfellows in Quicken Loans, Compuware, GalaxE.Solutions, Fathead and Marketing Solutions who joined forces to expose more people to the growing job sector and address its growing needs in the Motor City.

• DTE is training apprentices for its skilled lineman jobs because of the growing need. The utility, the largest in Michigan, is re-charging recruitment efforts to include more trade schools, colleges and universities.

(A partial list of those appearing in “Bridging Michigan’s Workforce Divide”)
Gov. Rick Snyder
Ford COO Mark Fields
Mary Sue Coleman, president, University of Michigan
David Haynes, president, Northern Michigan University
Dan Gilbert, founder, Quicken Loans
Ryan Hoyle, director global recruiting, GalaxE.Solutions
Ian Kwiotek, employee, Quicken Loans
David Carroll, VP of miscellaneous stuff, Quicken Loans
James Kochevar, general manager of Cliffs Michigan Operations
Derek Bush, business development representative, Lake Superior Community Partnership
JR Richardson, L’Anse Warden Electric Co.
Michael Guthrie, CEO, Detroit Chassis
Michael Finney, CEO and president, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Cynthia Edge, employee, Detroit Chassis
Thomas Haas, president, Grand Valley State University
Ronald Huebbers, president and COO, Detroit Medical Center
Thomas Willis, CEO, Cornerstone Schools
Moussa Kaba, student, Cornerstone Charter Health High School
Gerard Anderson, CEO of DTE
Doug DeVos, president, Amway
Jay Dunwell, president, Wolverine Coil Spring Company/ Michigan Manufacturers Council
Lauren Walker, vice president of manufacturing, Amway Ada operations
Blake Wyant, employee, Amway
Doug Rothwell, president and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan
David Cole, Chairman, Auto Harvest

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