Stamas applauds Midland County schools receiving talent innovation grants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday applauded several school districts serving Midland County that are part of two talent consortiums recently awarded Marshall Plan for Talent grants 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 consortium will serve 38,462 students in Arenac, Bay, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland counties.

Among the 22 school districts and education agencies in the consortium are Midland Public Schools, Meridian Public Schools, Bullock Creek Schools, Breckenridge Community Schools, St. Louis Public Schools and the Midland County ESA.

Beaverton Rural Schools, Coleman Community Schools and the Midland County ESA are partners in the Coleman Regional Career Competency and Talent Pipeline Consortium, which was awarded a $469,886 grant.

It features 16 area business, postsecondary and community partners, including Corteva Agriscience.

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.