There’s been a lot of attention paid to the problem of Michigan’s brain drain, how to keep college graduates in Michigan, applying their talents and energies to issues and challenges that are here at home instead of heading out of state.

We discovered an intriguing program offering a strategy to keep tomorrow’s leaders in the state. It’s called Challenge Detroit. It’s a leadership and professional development program that’s currently in its first year.

Leigh Ann Ulrey was one of the 30 graduates chosen out of hundreds of applicants to be part of the 2012-2013 Challenge Detroit program. She is a culture community and diversity specialist at Compuware in downtown Detroit. She joined us today from the Compuware headquarters.

Listen to the full interview above.

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Every day, the workforce in Michigan is getting grayer.

In 2001, the concentration of workers 55 and older was 12.1 percent. In 2011, that percentage jumped to 19.1 percent.

For decades experts have predicted the huge group of babyboomers would influence the economy as they aged, but what does that mean for Michigan employers?

Which industries have the highest concentrations of older workers and what does that mean for college students who want jobs after they graduate?

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Jacob Bisel, a senior economic analyst at the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, about what Michigan's workforce means for young job seekers and Michigan employers.

To hear the full interview, click the link above.

Kindergarteners on their first day of school.
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This spring, parents across the state will enroll their kids in kindergarten. In the Montague Area Public School district, parents will be asked to list 5 colleges they’d like to see their 4-or-5-year-olds eventually attend.

 “Before their children walk through our doors for the first time, we want to plant that seed. We want to create an excitement with parents so that they are considering college from day one.”