Southfield (CBS Detroit) – With drones, robotics and artificial intelligence impacting how we work , live and play, the impact of this technology revolution will grow and have an even more dramatic impact on Michigan in the years ahead.

At the same time the World Economic Forum estimates 65% of children entering kindergarten will work in jobs that don’t exist yet thanks to technology. The ability of young people to adapt and be prepared with better skills is vital not only to their livelihoods but for businesses and our region’s long term prospects.
Are we prepared as a region?

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Manon McCullough, OU Biology Student (Credit: Brian Bierley)

Join us as CBS 62 presents “Eye on the Future: Gearing Up for the Jobs of Tomorrow” – a riveting 30-minute special airing 7 p.m. Saturday, December 28 as Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host, and Paul Pytlowany, Videographer and Editor, take viewers on a fascinating ride across our region to showcase some unique initiatives and talk with leaders at the forefront about this crucial conversation.

Kara Martini, Senior Project Manager at Barton Malow, talks about jobs of future.

This special is the latest in in CBS 62’s award winning “Eye On The Future” series looking at critical issues impacting Michigan’s long term prospects.

Among initiatives highlighted in “Gearing Up for the Jobs of Tomorrow:”

*Winning Futures: an educational program started by the late auto dealer Sam Cupp to expose more high school students to careers in technology, healthcare and more. Warren Mott High School is featured as HAP, LIFT and Magna are also involved.

Warren Mott HS kids practicing on cadaver—part of Winning Futures program which helps area high school as HAP, LIFT also pitch in to provide experiences that will lead to jobs of future.

*Herman A Breithaupt Career and Technical Center where high school students and young adults are gaining skills for jobs of the future in culinary and technology fields. Quicken, Ford are among those pitching in to help more Detroiters learn about vocational skills.

Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies where children are being exposed to and learning about robotics as they get ready for the FIRST Robotics World Championship taking place in Detroit this April . Students from Novi High School are also involved as they are helping young children in Detroit learn about science and robotics.

*ECOTEK Lab where children interested in science and technology are learning about careers and getting real world experiences in its labs as they work on projects for NASA and others.

Keith Young, founder of ECOTEK LAB

The CBS 62 crew also stops by DTE, the Michigan Science Center, Quicken Loans, Oakland University, Ford, Rush Group, Barton Malow and Grand Circus to talk to leaders as they confront the frenetic technology driven future impacting their companies and also address how they are helping young people for jobs of tomorrow.

Oakland University biology Students in Water

Among those appearing in this special:

PNC’s Ric DeVore


Dr Ora Pescovitz, President of Oakland University


DTE Vice Chairman Dave Meador

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Teamsters President James P. Hoffa


Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Mallow


DPSCD Supt. Dr Nikolai Vitti


Keith Young, founder of ECOTEK LAB


DTE Apprentice Lineman Kelly Williams.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Bill Emerson
Quicken Loans

Joseph Hinrichs

Eileen Weiser
Michigan Science Center

Andra Rush
Rush Group

Damien Rocchi
Grand Circus

Christian Greer
Michigan Science Center

Kris Marshall
Winning Futures:

Janelle Moore:
Robotics Mentor

Blake Siefker
Safety Coordinator
Rush Trucking

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Watch EYE ON THE FUTURE: Gearing Up For Jobs Of Tomorrow, Saturday at 7pm on CBS 62