#MASSPchat - Marshall Plan for Talent

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The Topic:
On Thursday, February 22nd Governor Rick Snyder along with Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Roger Curtis, the Director of the Department of Talent and Economic Development, unveiled their plans for addressing the industry talent gap in Michigan. This plan has many direct implications for schools K-12 as there is a heavy emphasis on raising career awareness, increasing course offerings and programming at high schools that will directly funnel into the work force, moving toward a competency based model and teaching life long accumulated skills that will allow adaptation to a changing career picture (just to name a few!). This proposed $100 million dollar plan is broken down with $50 million for program creation, $25 million for scholarships (appears to be more community college and credential attainment focused), $20 million for career exploration for students, and $5 million for investing in educators. More details will emerge on this in the near future in terms of what falls under each of these categories.

To learn more about the Marshall Plan (including video and additional resources), visit the Marshall Plan website set up by the Department of Talent and Economic Development.

There have been several articles posted on this topic as well:

The Questions:

  • Q1: In 2008 the MMC was introduced & a college entrance exam as our state assessment with a push toward increasing the number of people with degrees in Michigan. Now the pendulum is swinging in the direction of careers. What are your thoughts on this shift? #masspchat
  • Q2: Governor Snyder was quoted as saying, "It’s not your dad’s job anymore, so why is it your grandfather’s school?" Do you feel this is an accurate characterization of your school? Why or why not? #masspchat
  • Q3:The plan would provide grants to schools that collaborate with businesses to create/develop new curriculum for high-demand careers. Schools that partner with employers could qualify for grants to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. How would this benefit your school? #masspchat
  • Q4: The state would create incentives for teachers to gain additional certifications and move into shortage areas, such as high school physics or career technical education. What benefits/concerns do you see with this? #masspchat
  • Q5: The state would also provide schools with resources to hire "career navigators" to work with school counselors and help students prepare for future jobs. What are your thoughts on this concept? #masspchat