Grant to spark entrepreneurship in Michigan schools

High school juniors and seniors who attend public, charter, and non-public schools within the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and Oceana Intermediate School District (OISD) will directly benefit from a one-time $68,000 entrepreneurship education grant from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

Statewide $1.2 million in competitive grants were awarded in late December 2004, to a number of "Tech Prep Consortia" operating within the state. The local consortium consists of MAISD, OISD, and Muskegon Community College. Grants are being funded by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 and require secondary and post secondary institutions to work collaboratively.

The grant funds are an initiative by Gov. Jennifer Granholm that would provide the required knowledge and spark the desire in every high school graduate to become a successful entrepreneur, no matter what their socio-economic background.
The grantees are also charged with developing a post secondary entrepreneurship certificate. Gov. Granholm said, "It is critical that we develop a supportive educational environment for our young people that instills entrepreneurial thinking so they can see themselves as innovators, producers of jobs and financial success."

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