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Barrett applauds area Marshall Plan for Talent grant

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Barrett on Wednesday applauded 36 area school districts and educational agencies that are part of a talent consortium recently awarded a Marshall Plan for Talent grant to improve their area’s talent development and education system.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent encourages collaboration to create new approaches to learning that will ensure our students are prepared to succeed in high-demand careers,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “I applaud the T3 consortium — with its 106 education, business and community partners — for earning this competitive grant to help forge new solutions to meeting our state’s demand for top talent by providing area students with robust and innovative educational options to prepare them for success.”

The “T3 — Teach. Talent. Thrive.” consortium was awarded $793,024 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.

It will serve 69,138 students and includes nearly all the school districts covering Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

The 36 schools and agencies in the consortium include the Byron, Durand, Morrice and Ovid-Elsie area schools; the Bath, Laingsburg, Pewamo-Westphalia, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville and Williamston community schools; the Charlotte, Corunna, DeWitt, East Lansing, Eaton Rapids, Fowler, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Leslie, Mason, New Lothrop Area, Okemos, Owosso, Perry, Potterville and St. Johns public schools; the Lansing School District; Dansville Schools; Maple Valley Schools; Relevant Academy; the Ingham ISD; and the Clinton County, Eaton and Shiawassee RESAs.

The consortium also features 31 businesses, eight postsecondary institutions and over 35 nonprofit and other organizations.

Nearly $14 million in grants were awarded statewide. Of that amount, $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.