LANSING, Mich. — State leaders on Monday announced that the first wave of Marshall Plan grants have been awarded. The first round includes $15 million that more than 150,000 students across Michigan will be able to use to further their education.
The Marshall Plan for Talent is a $100 million investment into educating Michiganders and keeping talent in our state. The goal is to invest in new competency-based education programs, equipment, technology education, student scholarships, career exploration tools and more.
“My colleagues and I have worked diligently to close the talent gap and retain young talent in Michigan,” said Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “The program gives young Michiganders an opportunity to explore their passions and prospective careers, with the goal of ultimately landing a rewarding, high-demand, high-wage career right here in our state.”
The Michigan M-46 Talent Consortium, which is being led by the Saginaw Intermediate School District, was awarded more than $6 million that will benefit more than 50,000 students.
The consortium plans to create a career academy focused on career pathways in manufacturing, construction, automotive, IT and health care fields. Business and industry partners will act as coaches and mentors for students within the academy, assisting with project-based learning, mock interviews, needed skill sets and certifications and work-based learning opportunities.
“The M-46 Talent Consortium had the most comprehensive application and the largest number of local partners, which led to them deservedly receiving the largest grant,” Horn said. “When it was approved in the budget, many of us saw the Marshall Plan for Talent as a game changer, and that vision is becoming a reality. I am proud to see so many people coming together, and I look forward to working with the consortium next term to offer great career opportunities to our young people”