Gov. Rick Snyder and TED Director Roger Curtis join business and education leaders in Marquette to help with formation of Marshall Plan for Talent partnerships in the U.P.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder and Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis Friday met with U.P. educators and business leaders in Marquette to discuss the Marshall Plan for Talent and help facilitate a workgroup to assist with the first steps in creating talent consortiums needed to apply for Marshall Plan funds.

Business, K-12 and higher education participants joined together to discuss needs, potential barriers, and partnerships necessary to help form consortiums that will allow them to apply for Marshall Plan dollars.

“With CTE programs like Geometry in Construction, the U.P has been a great model for schools south of the bridge,” Gov. Snyder said. “U.P. educators and employers have the opportunity to expand on these types of programs and partnerships by connecting more closely with one another to help prepare more Michiganders for the high-skill, high-paying and in-demand jobs available now and into the future.”

The plan, announced earlier this year, 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 will complement the more than $225 million in funding dedicated to ongoing talent development efforts in Michigan.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent is about breaking down silos, blurring the lines between business and education and realizing Michigan’s economic future depends on collaboration of government, educators, higher-education institutions and businesses,” Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis said. “And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re beginning those discussions and forming the partnerships that will ensure Michigan is home to the world’s best talent and education system.”

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 is likely to be in increasingly high-skill, high-tech fields such as in information technology and computer science, manufacturing, healthcare, and other professional trades careers.

“Many educators and corporate partners from across the state are joining the revolution, and it is vital that Michiganders in the U.P. help lead these efforts, too,” Snyder said. “Together, we can create the world’s premier education and training system and prepare Michiganders for 21st Century economy careers.”

Additional details about the Marshall Plan are available at