Local leaders are looking at ways to solve the dropout problem in the greater Lansing area.
The numbers for Lansing schools have fluctuated the last few years. Last year, the dropout rate was 8.18-percent, the lowest in the three-year span from 2000-2003.
The state department of Labor and Economic growth says the more kids who are dropping out, the more damage this causes the economy.
The director of the department David Hollister says as jobs move from manufacturing to high tech, we need a system that is in sink with what our needs are.
He says mentoring, creative classes, and building the curriculum around the needs of the business community are ways to attack the problem.
Educators say kids should spend more time in internships and apprenticeships so they are familiar with what's out there.
The group that met today at Lansing's Hill Center was comprised of educators, labor, business, and community leaders.