The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference.
Chris Holman speaks with Donald Tuski, President, College for Creative Studies (CCS), from Media Row, at the Grand Hotel, while at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference.
Watch Donald and Chris discuss College for Creative Studies along with their overall focus from the #MPC22 click play on the YouTube video below.
CCS is a 115-year-old Detroit institution named one of the Best Colleges for Design in America and one of the Best Colleges in Art in America.
CCS is rapidly expanding its statewide footprint.
- On Thursday, there is a discussion about the future of mobility. To talk about the future of mobility, you must consider future designers. CCS is at the center of educating the next generation of mobility experts in vehicle design, systems, and interfaces. The college has more than 10 disciplines dedicated to the mobility industry. CCS students are already making an undeniable mark in the industry.
- Michigan is facing a talent drain. Here are two ways CCS is addressing this problem.
- Each year hundreds of companies hire CCS students for jobs and internships. Don can talk about the number of ways CCS students/graduates contribute to Michigan’s talent pipeline. He can also speak to CCS programs and projects, in collaboration with Michigan businesses, that continue to feed that pipeline to keep talent in Michigan.
- There will be much discussion about making Michigan more competitive economically. Donald can speak to how CCS students are driving a more competitive Michigan economy. One competitive advantage is maintaining the Michigan’s concentration of commercial and industrial designers, the highest in the United States. Another way is their high statistics of graduating students who walk into high-paying jobs within 3 months of graduation.
- CCS is intentional about diversity, equity and inclusion and continues to create access for more people to access a world-class education.
- CCS is tackling a major education challenge—student diversity. CCS is making strides by demonstrating its ability to recruit minority students at a higher rate than its counterparts. Black student enrollment at CCS is 13 percent, which significantly outpaces other Michigan 4-year public institutions whose Black enrollment rate is 8.7 percent.
- CCS has created pathways to help underrepresented youth connect to degrees in art and design and partnered to help reopen Michigan’s only Historically Black College (HBCU). CCS works through its Office of Institutional Equity & Inclusion to advance equity.
Don has a wealth of information to share and loves to tell a story about “why” art and design schools help to change the world – economically, socially, and environmentally.
Here is the link to the college https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/about-us/