Stamas applauds $1.2M area talent innovation grant

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday applauded 23 area school districts and educational agencies that are part of a talent consortium recently awarded a Marshall Plan for Talent grant to improve their area’s talent development and education system.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent encourages education and business collaboration to create new innovative ways of learning to help prepare more students for success,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I applaud these area schools and their community partners for earning this competitive grant, which will help encourage more students to look at in-demand careers and give them the tools necessary to have a career in these growing fields.”

The Northeast Michigan Talent Alliance consortium was awarded over $1.2 million in the latest round of Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants announced by the Michigan Talent and Economic Development Department and Department of Education.

It includes school districts covering Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon and Presque Isle counties as well as the Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle ESD, the COOR ISD and the Iosco RESA.

The area schools include:
• The Hale, Oscoda, Tawas and Whittemore-Prescott area schools in Iosco County;
• The Fairview Area and Mio AuSable schools in Oscoda County;
• The Gaylord Community, Johannesburg-Lewiston Area and Vanderbilt Area schools in Otsego County; and
• The Onaway Area Community, Posen Consolidated and Rogers City Area schools in Presque Isle County.

The consortium also features 13 businesses, four postsecondary institutions and five groups and other organizations.

Nearly $14 million in grants were awarded statewide. Of that amount, $6.89 million will go to purchasing state-of-the-art equipment students can use to learn with hands-on techniques, and $6.14 million will help develop world-class curricula for each consortium. The remaining funds will go toward evolving some districts to a competency-based education model and hiring career navigators who will help students explore career options and pathways while providing needed support to overwhelmed school counselors.