Gov. Rick Snyder visits Bay City for career opportunities - WNEM TV 5

Gov. Rick Snyder visits Bay City for career opportunities

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder was in Bay City talking to school leaders about technology and the careers of tomorrow.

Earlier this year the governor introduced the “Marshall Plan for Talent”.

It includes investing millions of dollars into schools to curriculums and equipment to get students excited about science and engineering.

“This is a wonderful place doing great training,” Gov. Rick Snyder said.

Gov. Snyder is talking about the Bay Arenac Career Center.

The governor toured the campus and met with area school superintendents. He stopped in town pushing his Marshall Plan concept.

Snyder wants the state to invest in $100 million to get more high schoolers involved in the skill and professional trades.

The goal is to get students high paying jobs straight out of high school.

It’s a move that Snyder said will bolster a strong Michigan economy.

“We’ve come back,” Snyder said. “We’ve come back, but the issue is we can’t be complacent now. How do we even go faster and better to help get people connected to great well-paying jobs? The jobs are there.”

Snyder said by the year 2024 there will be 800,000 openings in these career fields.

He said the state needs to fill them.

“We need more partnership not only with ISD’s and K-12, but with community colleges, higher education universities, and employers all working together because we’ve got hundreds of thousands of openings coming in the future that pay better than average in the state of Michigan. Let’s get all those jobs filled,” Snyder said.

Snyder said the average salary for these jobs is $60,000 to $70,000 a year.

He believes his plan to get students certified to work these good paying jobs upon high school graduation is something Michigan can’t pass up.

“Let’s create more opportunity,” Snyder said.

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