Editor’s note: Gov. Snyder sets up a jobs legacy (The Detroit News)

By July 2, 2018Media Coverage

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.

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