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Michigan's 'Marshall Plan for Talent' Aims to Become Model for Tech Education Nationwide

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Under the Marshall Plan, the U.S. gave over $13 billion in economic assistance to help rebuild Western European economies after World War II.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a $100-million "Marshall Plan for Talent" to better prepare students for technology fields with the most job openings.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently unveiled a five-year, $100-million "Marshall Plan for Talent" to reorganize the state's education system to do a better job of preparing students for technology fields that are positioned to have the most job openings.

The plan calls for incentivizing school districts and universities to offer more work-based learning programs via state grants and private-sector partnerships.

The plan's most tangible objective is ensuring that Michiganders are sufficiently skilled to fill 811,055 forecast statewide job openings through 2024 in information technology and computer science, manufacturing, healthcare, professional trades, and other business services industries.

Snyder believes this initiative can serve as a national model for how states should be training students in the digital age, and he envisions greater emphasis on life-long, competency-based learning, with employees having to earn more certificates at different points in their career.

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