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Business and education leaders discuss Marshall Plan for Talent partnerships

FLINT — More than 75 educators and business leaders gathered here last week for a Marshall Plan for Talent workshop where they discussed opportunities to revolutionize Michigan’s education and talent development system.

Business, K-12 and higher education participants discussed needs, potential barriers and partnerships necessary to help form consortia that will allow them to apply for Marshall Plan funds.

The plan has passed through the legislature and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law. It 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 complements the more than $225 million in existing talent development efforts in Michigan.

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 will be in increasingly high-skill, high-tech fields such as in information technology and computer science, manufacturing, health care, and other business and professional trades careers. Additional details about the Marshall Plan are available at R.S.

Genesee County online students celebrate graduation

GENESEE COUNTY — A Michigan online school serving Genesee County has graduated more than 100 virtual students, with over $10 million in scholarships among them. Local students recently celebrated graduation from Great Lakes Cyber Academy (GLCA), where they benefited from the flexibility of learning remotely online through different pacing options. GLCA is a public, tuition-free, online school that serves students in grades 6-12 statewide. Among the graduates were scholarship winners, Olympic hopefuls and aspiring philanthropists. Virtual education through GLCA simply requires Internet connection, so families can learn from home, while traveling, attending competitions or vital medical appointments, and more.

Online learning continues to grow across the United States and in Michigan. Families choose online learning for multiple reasons. Parents at GLCA cite switching to virtual learning for greater flexibility, a safer learning environment and more involvement with their child’s education. To learn more, visit — R.S.

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