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Nearly $14 million awarded to schools statewide to create robust talent development and education system

Thirteen talent consortia awarded Marshall Plan for Talent funds to improve state’s talent development and education system, benefiting more than 220,000 students

Friday, May 31, 2019 

TED Contact: Camara Lewis | 517-930-4928
MDE Contact: Martin Ackley | 517-241-4395

LANSING, Mich. – High-caliber innovation and partnerships continue to soar as business and education leaders come together to revolutionize curriculum and support services that will address the state’s talent gap, officials from the state’s Talent and Economic Development Department and Department of Education said as they announced the latest Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grant awardees.

Thirteen talent consortia, representing 500 entities, were awarded a total of nearly $14 million in grants to start and grow innovative education models.

“We all win when we come together to develop solutions to set students on a path for success and invest in their futures,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “These investments help improve our education system and enhance talent development pipelines that we need to prepare Michiganders for the high-demand, high-wage careers of today and tomorrow.”

Of the nearly $14 million in awards, $6.89 million will go to purchasing state-of-the-art equipment students can use to learn with hands-on techniques. Another $6.14 million will help develop world-class curricula for each consortium, and an additional $150,000 going toward evolving some districts to a competency-based education model. Finally, $465,385 will go toward hiring career navigators who will help students explore career options and pathways in Michigan while providing needed support to school counselors who are overwhelmed – each serving on average 729 students yearly.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent set the stage for Michigan to bring businesses and education together and lay the foundation for a new model that will help students explore in-demand careers and ultimately address the skills gap in Michigan,” Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Acting Director Stephanie Beckhorn said. “We look forward to ongoing partnerships with these consortium members as we continue to build on these efforts and make sure students are equipped with successful pathways to post-secondary education and training.”

The awarded consortia represent a diverse group of businesses, K-12 districts, post-secondary education institutions and other entities, including 155 school districts – small and large – 136 businesses, 56 post-secondary institutions, 41 industry associations, 19 Michigan Works! agencies and 92 non-profit and other organizations. The funding benefits more than 220,000 students and their communities statewide.

“The Marshall Plan promotes the building of partnerships – a strategy for schools and businesses to innovate and rethink how we go about preparing our young people for the future,” Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said. “Communities across Michigan see the importance of connecting education directly with job providers. Today, we celebrate their efforts that will make tomorrow brighter and ensure Michigan becomes a Top 10 education state.”

Consortia shaped their applications around five key high-demand, high-wage sectors: healthcare, information technology and computer science, manufacturing, Professional Trades and other business trades.

Awarded consortia include:

Talent Consortia Region of Michigan Grant(s) Awarded Award Amount Students Served Total Partners
Align Lenawee

Lenawee County area

297a(2&3) $788,976 8,970 19

Calhoun County area

297a(2&3) 297b $842,858 3,943 19
CBH Consortium Construction Technology Program

Oakland County area

297a(2&3) 297b $713,018 13,146 36
Coleman Regional Career Competency and Talent Pipeline Consortium Midland County area 297a(2&3) 297b $469,886 1,718 20
Geospatial Technologies Talent Consortium Wayne, Monroe and Northern Michigan 297a(2&3) $988,707 12,466 30
IT Competency and Career Education Venture Talent Consortium Bay-Arenac, Midland, Gratiot-Isabella 297d $465,385 38,462 45
Michigan Boating Industries Eastern Upper Peninsula

297a(2&3) 297b

$475,040 234 20
Northeast Michigan Talent Alliance (NEMTA) Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Oscoda, Ogemaw and Roscommon

297a(2&3) 297b

$1,218,255 18,316 45

OU Pontiac W.E. (Workforce Education) Initiative

Oakland County 297a(4) $150,000 4,151 29
T3 - Teach. Talent. Thrive. Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties 297b $793,024 69,138 106
The Great Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Lenawee and Sanilac counties 297b $3,000,000 12,340 29
UP Cybersecurity Talent Consortium Alger, Delta, Marquette, Menominee and Schoolcraft counties

297a(2&3) 297b

$2,466,151 18,070 53
Upper Peninsula Manufacturing Talent Consortium Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Iron, Marquette, Menominee and Schoolcraft counties 297b $1,287,000 19,157 49