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Report: Michigan should spend more on adult education

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A new reportsays Michigan needs to spend more money on adult education if it wants to meet the need for skilled workers.

As Michigan’s economy grows, there is a greater need for skilled laborers.

Karen Holcomb-Merrill with the Michigan League for Public Policy says Michiganders with limited K-12 educations need help getting the basic skills they need to fill those jobs.

“We are leaving behind a whole pool of people who don’t have the basic skills they need to get training or to get any further education,” says Holcomb-Merrill.

Holcomb-Merrill says spending an additional $30 million on adult ed will help thousands of poor Michiganders find better-paying jobs.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.