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With a labor participation rate around 20 points less than that of a healthy city, Detroit has a talent gap and a skills gap.

And this isn’t unique to the city. It’s impacting the region and the state, too.

So how do we get people to work? What are some of the things to be done about it? And how to do it under the current system — which as much as some want to change it is the world we live in right now — without saddling people with tons of debt?

Jose is the Director of Workforce and Community development for Washtenaw Community College. As someone who’s both dealt with the city directly in a former job and now working for a college regionally, he brings an interesting perspective.

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