Ensure Employer Access to a Skilled Workforce

Education and workforce readiness is a high-priority issue for the Michigan Chamber because we believe a more effective education system is crucial to ensuring Michigan’s economic competitiveness.

Every decision impacting public education should be based on what is best for students and how we can best prepare them to compete for jobs in a global economy. The business community must play a more active role in demanding that students emerge from high school prepared for college or be workforce ready. By better integrating the needs of the business community into the K-12 curriculum, Michigan can better attract jobs and investment, thereby driving growth and fostering economic freedom.

During the 2015-2016 legislative session, the Michigan Chamber will advocate:

  • Supporting parental choice and charter schools to expand and enhance high quality educational opportunities for all Michigan students.
  • Assisting students in reaching their full potential by insisting that all schools adhere to a challenging curriculum predicated upon high academic standards.
  • Narrowing the skills gap by holding students, teachers and administrators accountable for student achievement, including postsecondary and workforce readiness.
  • Urging the State Board of Education to do a better job holding all public schools, traditional and charter, to high standards for student achievement.
  • Increasing competition and lower the cost of school construction by exempting school projects from the State’s costly prevailing wage law.

Chamber Staff Contact:
Wendy Block
Director of Health Policy & Human Resources
(517) 371-7678