- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan is partnering with TV personalities to make 11 videos promoting careers in the skilled trades to students.

Mike Rowe, host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do it” show, joined Gov. Rick Snyder and state economic development officials Wednesday to announce the video campaign at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

The videos for elementary, middle and high school students will highlight opportunities in welding, health care and other sectors. The jobs typically require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree.

The videos are intended to address misconceptions about the trades. Michigan has openings but not enough qualified workers.

The videos are online. But Snyder’s administration says it’s working with education officials so they are shown in school.




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