Election day has come and gone again, and we have voted Rick Snyder back in, which could be very good news for the Manufacturing industry. Snyder has been hoping to bring German style paid apprenticeships to Michigan. In Germany, people are given the opportunity to gain apprenticeships when they are high school aged, where they learn from experienced people in various trades while being paid for it. If they stick with the industry they have chosen and do well, they are often granted permanent positions. Part of the reason the demand to enter the manufacturing industry has declined so rapidly is the fact that young people in America are no longer given a chance to find out what they want to do with their lives. High school consumes them with the need to study math and science until it’s all they know, and once they get to college they have no idea what classes to take. So they change their majors multiple times, and eventually settle on whatever career requires the least experience. If Snyder gets his way, people will be ready to join the workforce, with plenty of job knowledge by the time they graduate high school. With more people ready to enter manufacturing, Michigan’s economy should increase dramatically.