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West Michigan Coalition supports Gov. Whitmer’s Talent Initiatives

West Michigan Coalition supports Gov. Whitmer’s Talent Initiatives

Earlier this year, Governor Whitmer introduced two statewide talent initiatives. These initiatives support a goal of raising Michigan’s post-secondary attainment from 44% to 60% by 2030.

  • Michigan Reconnect: aimed towards workers over 25 years old, with little to no college, seeking to up-skill themselves through obtaining a degree or certificate
  • MI Opportunity Scholarships: focused on the “traditional” student leaving our K-12 system. These scholarships would be last-dollar, tuition assistance to a community college or university

The Grand Rapids Chamber, along with the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Grand Rapids Community College, Lakeshore Advantage, Michigan Community College Association, the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce and Talent 2025, supports the Governor’s initiatives. Our organizations represent multiple sectors in West Michigan that are deeply invested in talent and in making Michigan a premier state for post-secondary attainment, economic stability, business, and prosperity.  Together, we support these initiatives as a pathway forward to ensure Michiganders can obtain viable degrees, certifications and, ultimately, sustainable and fulfilling careers. We know the success of these initiatives depend on our community’s engagement and willingness to collaborate.

While both are in the early legislative stages, our regional organizations are committed to approaching these statewide initiatives together to ensure the best outcome for our region and Michigan.


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