Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Delta College & Mid Michigan Community College Announce Formation of “Employer Talent Pipeline”

(Freeland, MI) – The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Delta College and Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) announced today that they will establish the Employer Talent Pipeline to serve students, businesses, and educational institutions beginning this fall. The goal is to increase the number of students who are interested in and prepared to pursue STEM related careers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The Employer Talent Pipeline emerged from coordinated efforts by regional STEM networks at Delta College and Mid Michigan Community College. The key outcomes will include creating more partnerships for students to get on-the-job experience with local employers through internship, co-op and other experiential learning opportunities and working with employers to support continuous demand forecasting to training providers.

The Employer Talent Pipeline can be accessed at both higher education institutions to engage educators and business leadership from ten target employer sectors while establishing a regional advisory committee to serve an eight county area.

 “This partnership expands on Delta’s commitment to STEM, students, and local employers by connecting the needs of the workplace with future talent,” said Jean Goodnow, President of Delta College.

“Mid Michigan Community College is pleased to work collaboratively with Delta College in the development of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Employer Talent Pipeline. Our two community colleges undertake this initiative to further respond to employer demand in our region,” said Christine Hammond, President of Mid Michigan Community College.

The Employer Talent Pipeline is a direct result of the Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Impact Initiative. Research conducted by Accenture and Innovate+ Educate indicated that the Great Lakes Bay Region must be develop a STEM Talent Pipeline that is driven by Employer Demand.

“The STEM Impact Initiative has provided us with a roadmap for making the region a global leader in STEM-centered economic development,” said Matthew Felan, President & CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. “The generosity of The Dow Chemical Company, Delta College, and Mid Michigan Community College is making the Employer Talent Pipeline a reality for our region.”

Information regarding the Employer Talent Pipeline, the STEM Impact Initiative, as well as programs/events for students can be found at the STEM Pipeline website, www.stempipeline.com.

 

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

The mission of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is to encourage, support and celebrate regional collaboration and initiatives that will improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is comprised of 48 Board Members who represent Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties. www.greatlakesbay.com