Zorn applauds area Marshall Plan for Talent grants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Monday applauded seven area school districts that are part of three talent consortiums recently awarded Marshall Plan for Talent grants to improve the state’s talent development and education system.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent brings education, business and community leaders together to encourage more students to pursue new, in-demand careers and ensure they are prepared to succeed in those careers,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud these area schools and their community partners for earning these competitive grants that will help them provide students access to innovative ways of learning and industry connections that can give them a huge advantage in having a long career in exciting, high-wage fields.”

The Align Lenawee consortium was awarded $788,976 in the latest round of Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants announced on May 31 by the Michigan Talent and Economic Development Department and Department of Education.

Align Lenawee will serve 8,970 students and includes Adrian Public Schools, Clinton Community Schools, Hudson Area Schools, the Madison School District, Onsted Community Schools, and the Lenawee ISD. It also features several area partners, including Adrian Steel, Anderson Development, Kapnick Insurance, ProMedica Bixby and Herrick Hospitals, PlaneWave Industries, Adrian College, Jackson College, Siena Heights University, the Human Resource Association of Southeast Michigan, Michigan Works! Southeast, One Lenawee and Lenawee Now.

Monroe Public Schools is one of seven K-12 partners in the Geospatial Technologies Talent Consortium, which was awarded a grant of $988,707. The consortium will serve 12,466 students and includes the Monroe County Planning Commission Planning Division among its 30 partners.

Hudson Area Schools is also one of six school districts in the Great Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, which received a $3 million grant. The consortium includes 29 partners in six counties and will service 12,340 students.

Of the nearly $14 million in grants awarded statewide, $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.