Media Coverage | July 26, 2016

Business and Law Enforcement Leaders Call to Strengthen Community Colleges

ReadyNation and Fight Crime members in Michigan support community colleges in order to address the skills gap that faces the public and private sectors

Michigan law enforcement and business leaders are increasingly unable to find the workers they need, as reported by So now, leaders are now looking to community colleges to help better prepare their future workforce. Members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and ReadyNation, alongside local education leaders, called for the increased support of community colleges as a vital way to address the skills gap that is facing both the public and private sectors.

At the event, members highlighted the release of a new report, Public Safety, Public Savings, and a Better Economy for All. Speakers included Dr. Laurie Chesley, Provost at GRCC, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids member Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma, ReadyNation member Milton Scales, CEO of M. L. Scales & Associates, and John C. Austin, State Board of Education President.

As a product of Lansing Community College, and now a successful businessman, I am a living example of how Michigan’s community colleges are preparing students for the workforce.

Milton L. Scales, CEO & ReadyNation member

In addition to better preparing students, community colleges generate revenue and savings for taxpayers. Community colleges help ensure that employers in the public and private sectors can get the qualified workforce they need, while also strengthening the economy today and in the future.

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