By Ingrid Jacques of The Detroit News
July 2, 2018
Gov. Rick Snyder signed his “Marshall Plan for Talent” into law last Tuesday, cementing a large piece of his final-year agenda. He sees this as a significant foundation for the state’s future workforce by creating a framework that should help fill hundreds of thousands of job openings in coming years.
“There’s a lot of opportunity,” Snyder told me in an interview last week ahead of the signing. “I think it accelerates this process a lot.”
The Marshall Plan is all about increasing communication among stakeholders, including K-12 schools, community colleges and employers, with the idea of filling key vacancies in well-paying jobs. Snyder estimates that more than 800,000 job openings will exist by 2024, and many of those jobs don’t require four-year college degrees. The plan will set aside $100 million over a few years to jump-start new programs and collaborations around Michigan.