How does Michigan attract and keep top talent? The state government believes it is done by making immigrants feel welcome to live and work there. Alan talks with Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director for Michigan's Office for New Americans, about such initiatives.
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Alan Headbloom is an applied linguist who works with international professionals across a variety of industries.
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What does an Indian farmer do when his son takes a job in the United States? If you're 60-year-old Kashmir Singh, you move along with him, take the bus to daily English lessons, and then study for a driver's license in your new second language. After that, because you've worked all your life, you look for any job you can find to feel productive, ultimately becoming the prize employee at the local car wash. As old dogs, can we learn new tricks? One delightfully plucky immigrant demonstrates yes, we can!