FLINT, Mich.— More than 75 educators and business leaders gathered today in Flint for a Marshall Plan for Talent workshop where they discussed upcoming opportunities to revolutionize Michigan’s education and talent development system.

“We are extremely grateful for all of the partners that showed up today to take part in the continued momentum as we gear up for the implementation phase of the Marshall Plan for Talent,” said Roger Curtis, Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director. “Everyone has a stake in Michigan’s education and talent development systems and these partnerships critical to help connect the dots between business needs and how we can best address the gap in the talent pipeline.”

Business, K-12 and higher education participants discussed needs, potential barriers and partnerships necessary to help form consortia that will allow them to apply for Marshall Plan funds.

The plan, which passed through the Legislature yesterday and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law, calls for investing $100 million in innovative programs to revolutionize Michigan’s talent and education system. It will support schools that want to transform education through programs like competency-based certification, world-class curricula and classroom equipment, scholarships and stipends, and support for career navigators and teachers. The funding complements the more than $225 million in existing talent development efforts in Michigan.

Michigan will have more than 811,000 career openings to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a critical talent shortage. As the state considers talent preparation changes for these fields, the greatest demand for talent will be in increasingly high-skill, high-tech fields such as in information technology and computer science, manufacturing, health care, and other business and professional trades careers.

Additional details about the Marshall Plan are available at www.michigan.gov/marshallplan.

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