Michigan needs to retain college graduates

May 28, 2019 | By Jeff Abernathy, president of Alma College, via The Record-Eagle

Michigan now peers over the edge of a great precipice. Employers — many of whom already have difficulty finding the employees they need — are now facing a talent gap unlike any they’ve experienced before.

The state currently estimates a talent gap of more than 811,000 job openings through 2024 in high-demand fields like project management, IT, health care, business and other professions. Most of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree or more, yet Michigan does not currently have enough workers with this education level. This will have tremendous implications across our economy.

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