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Marshall Plan 101

The state is funneling $100 million into Michigan's public high schools to train students for high-demand jobs over the next five years through the Marshall Plan for Talent. Concept Summaries for step one of the grant process, for the first round of funding, were accepted online September 5th-September 19th.  To see the complete timeline click here.

The plan, which was first introduced in February, aims to fill the state’s talent gap and better prepare students for high-paying, in-demand careers, by investing millions in innovative job training, workforce development and education programs. This includes $30 million to create and expand competency-based programs that result in competencies or credentials in high-demand fields.

According to Snyder, Michigan will have more than 811,000 career openings to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a critical talent shortage. This includes nearly $50 billion in earnings on the table for Michiganders.

Much of the plan is focused on restructuring the state’s public education system to better provide students and teachers with the tools they need to adapt to the ever-changing job market. This includes establishing more competency-based certification programs, new curriculum and classroom equipment, scholarships and stipends, and support for career navigators and teachers.

For more information go to www.michigan.gov/MarshallPlan or you may also contact your local Michigan Works! organization.