I was recently traveling and read this story in the United Airlines Hemisphere’s magazine. Detroit has had some incredible leadership during what has arguably been the most challenging years in its history. They have been innovative in their approach to many large problems, and could possibly serve as a model to many other US cities as they deal with similar unemployment problems. In the last 20 years the auto industry has had significant changes with competition, computerization, etc,. Many counted Detroit out: thinking the city’s greatest days were behind them. How inspiring that there are leaders there that were determined to not only survive, but thrive.
The idea that the city would educate specifically for available skilled jobs seems ingenious. Tens of thousands were looking for jobs while well paying skilled jobs were being left unfilled.
The skills needed for these jobs were hard to find and took very specific technical training. I believe many communities have this same situation. The quick action and collaboration with businesses, learning institutions, government agencies and a willing (and eager!) work force has blended together to be a successful combination.
It left me thinking: Would this model work elsewhere? Is it wise for education and one’s career choice to be so reactionary? I am not sure; however, there are good points to be made for young people to put some time in researching “up and coming” jobs when considering their future.