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Jackson County awarded $500,000 for career readiness consortium

Jackson, Mich. – A grant awarded to a mid-Michigan talent consortium will have a big impact on preparing students for the next step in their career pathways.

The Jackson County Career Readiness Talent Consortium was awarded $500,000 from Michigan’s Talent & Economic Development Department and Department of Education as part of the first round of the Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grant awards. The money will be used to hire additional support personnel to assist counselors and support students who have a post-secondary plan. The consortium will also expand professional development for educators to be able to instruct in career readiness and work-based learning.

The Jackson County Talent Consortium is made up of 35 school districts, businesses, non-profits and community organizations. Jackson County Intermediate School District Superintendent Kevin Oxley says this investment shows just how committed the Jackson community is to putting students on a pathway toward success. “The County is very fortunate to have so many people willing to work together on behalf of our students. When businesses and education work as partners, everybody wins,” says Mr. Oxley.

Nine talent consortia were awarded a total of $15 million through this first round of grants – money that is expected to benefit the education of more than 150,000 students statewide. Consortia shaped their applications around five key and high-demand, high-wage sectors: healthcare, information technology/computer science, manufacturing, Professional Trades and other business trades.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent is one of the great things we have going on in the state – it’s an investment in our young people and their futures,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a press release. “This plan is at the forefront of improving our education and talent development practices. It also ensures Michigan’s young people have an opportunity to earn a rewarding, high-demand, high-wage career, for the next five years and for decades to come.”

Partners in the Jackson County Career Readiness Talent Consortium include: Jackson County Intermediate School District, Jackson Public Schools, Northwest Community Schools, Western School District, Grass Lake Public Schools, Concord Public Schools, East Jackson Public Schools, Hanover Horton Public Schools, Springport Public Schools, Michigan Center Schools, Vandercook Lake Public Schools, Consumers Energy, Henry Ford Allegiance Health, County National Bank, LeMatic Inc., Advanced Turning, Walton Insurance Group, Ann Arbor State Bank, Technique Inc., Envirologic Technologies, Spring Arbor College, Jackson College, Technique U, Academy for Manufacturing Careers, Michigan Works! Southeast, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Group, Jackson Area Manufacturers Association, Jackson County Cradle to Career Education Network, Jackson Commercial Contractors Association, 64th House District MI House of Representatives, Jackson County MI Department of Health & Human Services, Jackson Community Foundation, Jackson College & Career Access Center and Junior Achievement of the MI Edge.

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Kaci Babineau
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