Snyder: 'We've ignored vocational education.'

Gov. Snyder will be holding a summit of educators and employers next year to find out where the job demand is in Michigan and what jobs are in demand.

The impetus for the summit is Snyder’s belief that the whole country—Michigan included—has ignored the value of vocational training when it comes to future careers and instead encourages students to get four-year college degrees. Snyder believes it might have made more sense to encourage those students to go to community colleges instead.

“College degrees are important if that is what a student wants as part of their future career, but the state needs to do more to encourage the development of talent, especially talent needed for technical and other skilled jobs,” Snyder said.