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Momentum continues as Michigan Career Pathways Alliance hits 100 members

Atlas Technologies the 100th partner working to close talent gap, promote pathways to good jobs


Media Contact: Dave Murray
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Nov. 22, 2017 

LANSING, Mich.– Michigan’s efforts to connect students with great careers and close the talent gap continue to gain momentum, with the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance gaining its 100th member.

The alliance was created in June at the direction of Gov. Rick Snyder, and is headed by Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, and State Superintendent Brian Whiston. The alliance includes business, education, labor and economic development leaders from across the state.

Together, alliance members are working to help students gain better awareness of careers and training opportunities while giving schools more support to enhance programs – all important to help residents gain in-demand skills, help employers fill job openings, and continue building a more prosperous future.

“The growing list of supporters is a testament to the importance of the work the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance is doing,” Curtis said. “These organizations, businesses, schools and residents recognize the need to do more to close our talent gap and promote all pathways that lead to good jobs.” 

Today, Atlas Technologies – a Michigan-based, global company specializing in automation equipment and manufacturing systems – was the 100th organization to announce its support for the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance and its recommendations designed to improve access to all pathways that lead to rewarding and good-paying careers in Michigan.

“Michigan Skilled Trade opportunities are on the rise. For future success of companies like Atlas, it’s imperative that we support the educational initiatives of the future work force and ensure students have an opportunity to explore the types of career paths that fill the need of the 21st century jobs,” said  Andy Basgall, General Manager of Atlas Technologies. “By joining the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, Atlas can connect with students providing opportunities to explore these opportunities associated with the Automation and Manufacturing industry.”

Also joining in the last week are DASI Solutions, a Michigan-based tech firm headquartered in Pontiac, Mich., and Wallside Windows, a family-owned Michigan window manufacturer.

The three companies joins key leaders from organizations including:

  • Consumers Energy
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area
  • Ingham County Intermediate School District
  • Kent County Intermediate School District
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Marquette Area Public Schools
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan College Access Network
  • Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers
  • Michigan Manufacturers Association
  • Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium
  • Oakland Schools
  • Operating Engineers Local 324
  • Shape Corp.
  • Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • And other businesses, schools, labor and economic development organizations

The alliance issued 17 recommendations, including expanding and strengthening career technical education statewide through a series of approaches, including curriculum changes, increased collaboration between educators and employers, and added resources for students to discover and prepare for potential opportunities.

Currently, the top priority for the alliance is working with legislative partners to pass the Michigan Career Pathways bill package, which includes House Bills 5139-5142 and 5145.

See a complete list of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance members and learn more at