Group puts twist on governor’s proposal
Wayne Peal| Livingston Daily
It’s Gov. Rick Snyder’s idea, but with a Livingston County twist.
“The governor’s idea is to put students in contact with businesses,” LESA Work-Based Learning Coordinator Kate Roberts said. Snyder is among those invited to take part.
But the Livingston County Talent Tour is a 180-degree turn from what the governor has proposed.
“The governor’s idea is to have students tour manufacturers, but we thought we’d do it the other way around,” Roberts said.
Wednesday, representatives will be visiting the robotics and manufacturing programs at Pinckney Community High School as well as well as Howell High School’s machine trades, manufacturing and computer-aided design classes.
“You hear all the time about the dearth of talent coming into manufacturing, but these are among the top programs of their kind in our state,” LESA Career-Technical Education Director Timothy Jackson said.
Students with skills in automated manufacturing are especially in demand, Jackson said.
Offers made coming out of high school
“We know for a fact that there have been students from Pinckney who turned down $80,000 offers coming out of high school because they knew they’d get six-figure offers once they graduated from college,” Jackson said.
In addition to LESA, tour sponsors include Livingston County Michigan Works!, Ann Arbor SPARK and both school districts.
Contact Daily Press & Argus reporter Wayne Peal at 517-548-7081 or wpeal@ gannett.com.