“We will never have the prosperity we had in the 90â€™s. The people of Michigan just have to learn to live with less.â€
â€“Richard Ball, debate with Mike Powers, September 2004
Note: This is the tenth in a series on revitalizing Shiawassee County
In order to increase our self reliance, we must nurture and market our educational opportunities. Our small schools are very attractive to young families who are looking for a place to raise their children, and our central location places us within one hour of three major universities.
- Short, accelerated programs â€“ classes that are designed specifically to address certain tasks and skills are offered by private companies and consultants. The county should encourage these training investments by our local employers. Training centers and high speed internet access are essential to the delivery of these classes.
- Distance learning â€“ The ability to earn college credit by taking classes over the Internet has revolutionized access to higher education. Distance learning offers convenience and flexibility, individualized instruction, interaction with a diverse student body, and access to remote resources. Students have no travel expenses and can schedule their coursework so that it doesnâ€™t interfere with their employment. Shiawassee County must make an effort to ensure that our residents have sufficient technology training to participate in distance learning. Furthermore, all residents must have access to high speed internet access, regardless of how rural their location.
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