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MI Bright Future Welcomes Partnership Opportunities

To whom it may concern,

The State of Michigan recently approved legislation to address the gap in workforce skills by increasing K-12 career awareness and competency-based learning. The Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) was awarded a multi-year contract in 2018 for MI Bright Future, a talent development initiative in alignment with state workforce goals.

As Michigan transforms its economy to meet 21st century needs, it has become more important than ever to remove barriers between the state’s educational system and professional industries. This observation led WIN to develop MI Bright Future in 2015, and the State of Michigan to adopt the Marshall Plan for Talent in 2018, which included support to expand the scope and reach of MI Bright Future throughout the state.

MI Bright Future is a collaborative effort to increase youth career awareness and readiness through online resources to address workforce needs. The State of Michigan currently requires all students to complete Educational Development Plans (EDP) for career planning, with many districts utilizing software platforms to do so. MI Bright Future leverages and enhances these technologies by providing direct linkages between employers and high school students, thereby enhancing career planning through access to real-time interactions with experienced professionals.

WIN’s goal is to provide access to MI Bright Future to all Michigan students, regardless of their district’s chosen EDP platform. Public Act 227 (PA #227) highlights the requirements MI Bright Future must meet as it expands to additional communities. In order to effectively meet the goals of PA #227, WIN is happy to announce the opportunity for partnership with any software vendor that adequately meets the standards, requirements, and goals stated in PA #227.

If a vendor creates or can utilize existing web-based software to satisfy PA #227, WIN will work with them to provide their clients access to MI Bright Future. Upon agreement of partnership, the vendor’s technology platform will be populated by the MI Bright Future team with propriety information collected, managed, and owned by WIN. However, interested vendors unable to meet stated needs will not be selected for partnership.

Interested vendors may contact the Director of Youth Strategy and MI Bright Future at the Workforce Intelligence Network, Sarah Gregory, directly by email or phone to discuss the potential for partnership: sarah.gregory@winintelligence.org, 734.934.4510.

Sincerest regards,

Michele Economou-Ureste

Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan