Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his “Marshall Plan for Talent,” something he first announced in this year’s State of the State address. The plan calls for investing $100 million in new funding dedicated to innovative programs, including competency-based certification, assistance for schools to improve curricula and classroom equipment, scholarships and stipends, and support for career navigators and teachers. “If Michigan wants to be well-equipped for the economy of the future, a strong investment in education and putting resources into creating an educated, ready workforce is key,” said Rudy Hobbs of MLC. For the governor, his proposal is about creating lifelong learners; preparing students for future jobs and retraining adults when shifting technologies change their current role.
Michigan will also consider talent preparation changes for many fields, but shortages are likely to be most severe in increasingly high-skill, high-tech fields such as information technology and computer science, manufacturing, and other professional trades careers. It’s estimated that by 2024 Michigan will have more than 811,000 career openings in fields that are facing a talent shortage. The plan also encourages businesses to connect more closely with educators in K-12 districts, community colleges, and universities to help better prepare students.
For more information, please visit michigan.gov/marshallplan.
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