Stamas applauds Arenac area talent innovation grant

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday applauded two Arenac County school districts that are part of a talent consortium recently awarded a Marshall Plan for Talent grant to improve the state’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 IT Competency and Career Education Venture Talent Consortium was awarded $465,385 in the latest round of Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants announced by the Michigan Talent and Economic Development Department and Department of Education.

The Au Gres Sims School District and Standish-Sterling Area Schools are two of the 22 school districts and education agencies in the consortium, which covers Arenac, Bay, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland counties.

The consortium will serve 38,462 students and features six businesses, six postsecondary institutions and 11 nonprofit 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.