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Talent Preparation - Detroit Regional Chamber

Talent Preparation

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Talent Preparation Goal

To create better alignment between education providers and employers so students are equipped to choose a career that provides a family-sustaining wage.

Indicators and Targets for 2030:

  • Increase non-degree credential completion by 2,000 credentials

Why focus on preparing regional talent?

Talent continues to be a top priority of employers, who struggle to find workers with the skills and abilities needed to fill key positions. Countless credentials and certifications exist across the region and state, so it is important to identify those credentials that have value in the labor market and lead to high-growth, high-demand, high-wage career opportunities.

Equity Focus

Credentials that lead to low-wage career pathways, such as home health care, are overwhelmingly held by women of color. Providing career exposure and pathways early, while identifying and promoting credentials of value, will lead to an increase in Black and Latinx students pursuing high-wage, high-growth career opportunities.


Partners Committed To Preparing Regional Talent

Over the next decade, Detroit Drives Degrees will continue to lead and convene partners to implement the talent preparation strategies outlined in the Compact’s strategic plan. We appreciate the leadership of the organizations below who have pledged to support this work.

7.1: Identify and promote postsecondary “credentials of value” that align with high-wage, high-demand industries

Ajax Paving
Ballmer Group
Butzel Long
Consumers Energy
Google
Henry Ford College
Kelly
Macomb ISD
Michigan Hispanic Collaborative
Oakland Schools
Quicken Loans
The Skillman Foundation

7.2: Scale up, phase out, and build new pathways at the K-12 and postsecondary level that align with high-demand, high-wage opportunities

Ballmer Group
Consumers Energy
Emagine Entertainment, Inc.
Henry Ford College
Macomb ISD
Oakland Schools
Quicken Loans
University of Michigan – Dearborn

7.3: Strengthen regional capacity to coordinate and scale quality workbased learning across secondary and postsecondary schools

Ballmer Group
Butzel Long
Consumers Energy
Emagine Entertainment, Inc.
Macomb Community College
Macomb ISD
Oakland Community College
Oakland University
The Skillman Foundation
Wayne County Community College District
Wayne State University