Through 2024, Michigan is expected to have more than 811,000 career openings that fill areas facing critical talent shortages. The demand for talent will be most noticeable in high-tech fields such as information technology and computer science, manufacturing, health care, and other businesses and professional trade careers.

Over 150 business and education leaders were on hand to kick off the sixth Marshall Plan for Talent workshop July 16 on the Lansing Community College West Campus.

Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis stated that Michigan grows stronger when leaders from all sectors work together.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent is a conduit for collaborations and innovations that revolutionize Michigan’s education and talent development system,” Curtis said. “The Greater Lansing area has been a leader in bringing business and education together, and today’s workshop is about building on those partnerships and developing stronger collaborations to better prepare Michiganders for the high-demand, high-wage careers of today and the future.”

The Marshall Planfor Talent supports schools that aspire to transform education with programs that offer competency-based certifications, world-class equipment, curricula, stipends, scholarships and support for teachers as well as those navigating careers. The additional $100 million investment funding adds to the more than $225 million in existing talent development in Michigan.

Education leaders say the plan presents an excellent opportunity for local business and education leaders to continue the conversation around the urgency to close Michigan’s talent gap, as the investment by the state ensures that the region will remain innovative in its impact on technology.

In the health care sector alone, there are more than 212,000 career openings expected through 2024.

“As we work to fill the growing demand for top-notch health care talent, programs like the Marshall Plan for Talent will play an integral role in achieving that goal,” said Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital CEO Matthew Rush. “Most importantly, the Marshall Plan provides rural communities like ours an opportunity to collaborate with larger organizations and institutions to create innovative programs that will provide homegrown talent for great-paying careers right here in our region.”

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