Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Also signs bipartisan ‘Career Pathways’ bills, improving teaching and graduation requirements
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Muskegon, Mich. – Just four short months after announcing a comprehensive plan to revolutionize Michigan’s K-12 education system, Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law the framework of the Marshall Plan for Talent. Designed to connect employers with educators to pair students with in-demand careers, the Marshall Plan encourages apprenticeships and mentorships with an educational focus on certifications and occupational licensing.
“As I travel throughout the state of Michigan, the question I hear most often has changed dramatically from ‘where are the jobs?’ to ‘where is the talent?” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “In Detroit, which has become an innovative tech hub, they’re doing incredible things in career readiness with coding certifications. In the U.P., I’ve seen students building houses based on high school geometry skills. In Muskegon, a new cutting-edge skilled trades center is the focus of downtown.
“So many areas of the state are changing their approach to education, and the Marshall Plan for Talent brings everyone together on the best approaches to match educational skills with available well-paying jobs.”
Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis said: “Michigan wins when we all work together to remove barriers and address challenges head-on. That’s what the Marshall Plan for Talent is about. Michiganders have a strong work ethic — second to none. And by bringing business and education together to develop the world’s best education and training system, we will become global leaders in talent development and ensure Michiganders have the skills needed to capitalize on their get-it-done attitude."
“Today is monumental for Michigan students and schools,” Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said. “As we continue to work toward making Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years, the Marshall Plan for Talent will serve as a catalyst for continued innovation that ensures our young people get a world-class education that is meaningful to them and prepares all for success and to become lifelong learners. It is something that the late-State Superintendent Brian Whiston worked very hard to achieve and fulfil.”
There are expected to be 811,000 open jobs in fields such as IT, health sciences and manufacturing in Michigan through the year 2024.
Senate Bills 941 and 942, sponsored by state Sens. Dave Hildenbrand and Goeff Hansen respectively, will:
Gov. Snyder today also signed the following Career Pathways bills into law:
Snyder also signed two additional measures:
SB 889, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, would remove the basic skills exam (BSE) from the requirements to teach for more than one year as a noncertified teacher in a shortage area such as computer science, foreign languages, mathematics, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, robotics, or other courses that the state board determines appropriate. The bill is now PA 233 of 2018.
HB 4069, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder, would amend current law to allow the board of a school district to employ an individual without a teaching certificate as a substitute teacher if the individual has 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree from a college, university, or community college. The bill is now PA 236 of 2018.
More detailed information on the $100 million allocated for the Marshall Plan can be found at http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2017-2018/billanalysis/Senate/pdf/2017-SFA-0941-E.pdf.
For more information on the Marshall Plan, visit mi.gov/marshallplan.