RESD awarded $1.2 million grant for CTE

December 21, 2018

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Area students, nearly six thousands of them, will be the big winners in the Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants.

Monday, the Middle Michigan Professional Trades Talent Consortium, led by the Clare Gladwin Regional Education School District, learned they were named one of nine consortia in the State who will get a share of the nearly $15 million in total awards in the first round of the Marshall Plan for Talent grants. Across the State more than 150, 000 students and their communities will benefit from the funds.

The Middle Michigan consortium was awarded $1,254,000.

CTE Coordinator Eric Johnson is shown here with Career and Technical Education Director Sandra Russell and Automotive Technology Instructor Don Maurer.

CTE Coordinator Eric Johnson is shown here with Career and Technical Education Director Sandra Russell and Automotive Technology Instructor Don Maurer.

“It’s a big win for our district,” said Clare-Gladwin RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “The funds will be used for new auto lab equipment for the new Magnus Auto Center and the Gladwin High School Auto Labs” to be used by the students in the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program.

CGRESD’s CTE program serves junior and senior high school students from Gladwin, Farwell, Harrison Beaverton and Clare. The grant award will fund creating two NC3 (National Coalition of Certification Centers) at the Magnus Center and Gladwin High School; providing Teacher Externships and Business Education Mentorships; and hiring Career Navigators for local school districts.

“The work put into earning this grant was unlike anything any of us had seen,” said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “For four months, we’ve collaborated with nearly 30 local organizations – schools, businesses, colleges and universities, our state legislators, non-profits and many other entities. And it was worth every ounce of effort to be able to better prepare our local kids for careers they will love.”

A press release about the grant said “Jim McBryde, President and CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation, convened the group known technically as the Middle Michigan Professional Trades Talent Consortium.”

Clare Gladwin RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler is pictured in red in the center of the group shown at the State ceremony awarding the Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants. Just two places to her left is CTE Director Sandy Russell.

Clare Gladwin RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler is pictured in red in the center of the group shown at the State ceremony awarding the Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants. Just two places to her left is CTE Director Sandy Russell.

It continued, “MMPTTC will use the grant to accomplish several objectives in CTE Automotive & Diesel Technology labs in Clare and Gladwin, assisting with the purchase of modern equipment and technology, as well as hiring Career Navigators to assist students and establishing an educator externship program. Through a partnership with Mid Michigan College, students in the Automotive Program will have the opportunity to earn more industry-recognized certifications while still in high school.”

“The work put into earning this grant was unlike anything any of us had seen,” said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “For four months, we’ve collaborated with nearly 30 local organizations – schools, businesses, colleges and universities, our state legislators, non-profits and many other entities. And it was worth every ounce of effort to be able to better prepare our local kids for careers they will love.”

The MMPTTC was one of just nine consortia awarded grants in the final phase after nearly 90 applied back in August. That number was pared down to 22 for the third and final round of applications in November before the final awardees were announced Monday at a ceremony in Lansing.

“This is a great win for our community, and especially for our kids,” McBryde said. “Every step we take is in the pursuit of developing our local talent to contribute to our local workforce, and this grant represents a significant leap in that direction.”

CTE Director Sandy Russell said the grant will benefit all local CTE students in some form or fashion.

“While it’s true that the grant money will help us equip our new Automotive and Diesel lab at the Magnus Center in Clare County, as well as provide for some much-needed upgrades in the lab at Gladwin High School, this is going to help us better serve every CTE student,” Russell said. “With the ability to hire Career Navigators to work with students at each school, we’ll be able to close the gap between kids, their potential careers and the local employers who need their talents.”

State Rep. Jason Wentworth praised the RESD for pulling together the right team to earn the grant. “This is where the Clare-Gladwin RESD excels in a way that nobody else can – convening the right players for the job, carrying out the execution and leading the charge on impactful projects,” he said. “This was a massive undertaking, and the payoff for our students and communities is huge.”

Presler was quick to credit the hard work of her CTE team and all the collaborative partners involved.

“One of the prime directives from the state for this grant was to pool resources, time and talent with as many partners as we could, for all the obvious reasons,” she said. “The good news is that we’re already well-versed in doing that, and so are our collaborators. Our gratitude extends to all who pitched in; their impact will be felt through our CTE programs for years to come.”

The consortium partners include Middle Michigan Development Corporation; the RESD; Clare Beaverton, Harrison, Clare, Farwell and Gladwin school districts; Mid Michigan College, Central Michigan University, Ferris State University: Michigan Works! Region 7B; Gladwin County Economic Development Corporation; and businesses including: McGuire Chevrolet, Dean Transportation, Sugar Springs Marina, Macon Marine Center, Double D’s Automotive, Foster Automotive, Graff Motor Sales, Secord Lake Marina, Bob’s Tire Store, Triple M Collision of Gladwin, Gladwin County Road Commission, Michigan Automotive Dealers Association, Central Michigan Manufacturer’s Association and Snap-On Tools. Government, non-profit and other partners include Rep. Jason Wentworth, Senator Judy Emmons, Senator-Elect Rick Outman, Senator Jim Stamas, the Gladwin County Chamber, Eastern Michigan Council of governments, United Way of Clare & Gladwin Counties, East Central MISTEM and the Clare County Community Foundation.

Clare-Gladwin CTE provides what was previously recognized in local high schools as vocational education or skilled trades training. CTE offers that training to juniors and seniors at the five RESD high schools in many diverse career fields, including Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Construction Trades, Health Occupations, Agricultural Science, Advanced Integrated Manufacturing, Digital Media, Welding Technology, Education Occupations, Criminal Justice and Business Management. Students learn valuable professional and personal skills that help prepare them for life after high school, whether it’s in college, the workforce or both.

For more information, visit the CTE website at www.CTEitsworking.com.

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