Thursday, March 15, 2007
Michael Shore, MEDC
1,007 Employees to Learn State-of-the-Art Skills
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $1 million Economic Development Job Training grant is being made available to upgrade the skills of 1,007 employees at the new General Motors Lansing Delta Township Plant. The grant is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“By providing an opportunity for workers to upgrade their skills, we can ensure GM Delta remains competitive in today’s global economy and continues to provide the community with good-paying jobs,” Granholm said.
In her 2007 State of the State address, the governor emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening Michigan’s workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools used to enhance Michigan’s business-friendly climate.
GM has chosen the Business & Community Institute at Lansing Community College to provide the training. Under the requirements of the program, the company will provide a 40 percent funding match.
General Motors, the world’s largest automaker with global headquarters in Detroit, employs about 284,000 people around the world and manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. The auto giant continues to invest in Michigan, most recently announcing plans to upgrade up to $500 million in Saginaw and Orion plants.
“The award of the Economic Development Jobs Training Grant is great news for Delta Township and the Lansing region,” Delta Township Manager Richard Watkins said. “This grant is another example of the efforts being made to ensure that General Motors continues to be a strong economic force in the Lansing region and the state of Michigan.”
Since 1994, more than $337 million in EDJT grants has helped nearly 605,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org..
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