Talent Together

Applying for Talent Together 

Application for the most recent Talent Together cohort closed March 3, 2024. Please check back later for more information on applying for the next cohort!

Any Michigan resident with (at minimum) a high school diploma and strong interest in becoming an educator is eligible to apply. 

What is Talent Together?

Talent Together helps Michiganders become certified teachers. Candidates receive their education for free while earning an income. The program launched in December 2022. 

Talent Together offers opportunities for a range of candidates, including those without any credits toward a bachelor's degree, to those with bachelor's degrees who want to earn their initial teacher certification, to those who currently hold valid Michigan teaching certifications and want to add endorsements to their existing certificates. 

The consortium is slated to include all 56 intermediate school districts in Michigan, making it the largest school district-led talent collaboration in state history. 

Learn more at MITalentTogether.org or by contacting Amy Peterson at amy.peterson@mitalentogether.org.

What is Marquette-Alger RESA's role in Talent Together?

Marquette-Alger RESA plays a pivotal role in the Talent Together initiative by serving as its fiduciary, or fiscal agent. As a fiscal agent, Marquette-Alger RESA is entrusted with human resources and business office functions for Talent Together, encompassing  hiring, benefits administration, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and management of funds. This responsibility ensures that all human resources and business operations are conducted in adherence to regulatory guidelines. 

The collaboration between Marquette-Alger RESA and Talent Together not only highlights their shared commitment to enhancing educational opportunities within the state but also streamlines the financial, administrative, and operational framework. This enables Talent Together to focus on its core mission of enriching Michigan’s educational landscape by preparing and certifying new educators, knowing that the backend financial and human resources functions are managed efficiently and effectively.