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Governor's Education and Economic Summit focuses on skilled trades

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The Governor's Economic and Educational Summit is happening on Monday and Tuesday in Downtown Detroit at the Renaissance Center. One of the major issues the governor is talking about this year is skilled trades.

"We machine everything ourselves, design everything ourselves, set up the electronics, program," Aaron Beaudin said.

Beaudin is a senior at South Lyon High School and a member of the school's robotics team. He said his involvement with robotics has catapulted him to being a prime target for technical schools. He's going to Michigan Tech in the fall.

Students like Beaudin were at the top of the governor's discussion.

"What we're talking about here, the subject matter, is our future; it is about our young people," Gov. Rick Snyder said.

The governor said skilled trades will play a big role into the future.

"Flint and Saginaw have a great opportunity in the skilled trades to grow," Snyder said.

As part of $50 million state grant announced last week to boost skilled trades instruction at community colleges, Mott Community College will receive $3 million and Delta College will get $1.5 million.

The governor said it'll help provide top talent for good paying jobs.

"I know how crucial that is to be sitting at the table and talk to those companies that are thinking about coming to our region, the Great Lakes Bay Region, to have that skilled workforce," Delta College President Dr. Jean Goodnow said.

For students like Beaudin, he's already on the clock, learning a trade he hopes to take on full-time right after he graduates.

"Employers want at least five years of skilled training. Out of college, you really don't get that unless you're interning at that specific employer, but now with robotics, you actually get that experience," Beaudin said.

The governor said he hopes school leaders and the business community hold successful meetings Monday and Tuesday and get a lot done because he said it's important that the students are treated as No 1.

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