LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — The state is funneling $100 million this fall into Michigan’s public high schools to train students for high-demand jobs over the next five years.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed his workforce development Marshall Plan for Talent into law.
The fund will bolster career-oriented school programs to maintain a pipeline for students from graduation to jobs in professional trade, information technology or other top career fields.
The training would take as little as one to two years and lead to well-paying jobs that will also pay off for the state.
“If you look at the income tax and sales tax revenues they’ll generate holding a $60,000 or $70,000 job, it pays to continue to keep this program and to grow the program,” Snyder said.
Supporters say training students in technical and trade skills in lieu of only promoting a traditional K-12 education path is the key to growing Michigan’s talent pool, which has been shrinking since the Great Recession.
Snyder says the Marshall Plan will create more than 800,000 jobs by 2024 for a combined income of more than $49 billion.
In signing the bill, the governor put a capstone on one of his priority pieces of legislation for his final term. His goal is to make sure students as early as middle school know there are options beyond a four-year degree. The Marshall Plan builds from there.
“So this is really a whole series of things to answer, ‘How can we do more career exploration with younger kids? How can we actually build more courses and curriculum and then help proved equipment grants so they have the resources to do it, instructors to do that? And then (it includes) some scholarships to help some low income kids,” the governor explained.