The dynamic and diverse business opportunities across the Great Lakes Bay Region draw top-tier talent to our area, and our abundant education avenues help ensure that homegrown minds fill a significant portion of that talent pipeline.
School districts understand the vital need to emphasize the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and several community organizations such as the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and its STEM Impact Initiative are building the workforce of tomorrow. The collaboration between business leaders and educators highlights STEM-focused programming to spark an early interest in the high-demand careers that include everything from manufacturing to health care.
Once the spark ignites, our area has a wealth of continued learning options to take a student further along in his or her educational pursuit — from Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and Northwood University to Alma College, Delta College and Mid Michigan Community College.
As a new and uncertain year of classes begins, this issue of Great Lakes Bay Magazine is dedicated to education. The truncated school year last spring put everyone off balance, and there is sure to be some uneasiness and trepidation from students, parents and teachers alike as classes resume.
However, whether they are online, in person or some sort of hybrid, advancing the process of continued learning is an important step for us all to take. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and being able to guide them on their journey of education, knowledge and insight benefits us all.