Friday, February 02, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2001
Contact: Kathleen McMahon
1,126 Michigan Workers to Receive Training Through More Than $460,000 in Job Training Grants
Accumulated Total of $2,076,529 awards granted this year
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that an additional 1,126 Michigan workers will have the opportunity to improve their job skills through $464,339 in grants.Nine grants, funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Development Job Training program, will be used to upgrade the skills of workers at nine Michigan companies.This is the second round of awards to be granted in this year.
“These grants, coupled with the $60 million already in place for the new Michigan Technical Education Centerssm, will be the cornerstones of Michigan’s worker training program,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“Companies come to Michigan because of our strong workforce.The job training program allows us to address the individual training needs of a company.”
The program helps Michigan businesses create new jobs or retain existing jobs by improving the skills and competitiveness of Michigan’s workforce.Under the requirements of the job training program, employers must provide a 25 percent match for training existing workers.For these nine grants employers will provide $156,350 in matching funds.
The funds are provided to local community colleges, vocational-technical schools or other training providers.As the state’s 18 Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs)sm open for business, more companies are expected to utilize their training services, which are tailored to each company’s skill needs and time demands.There are seven M-TECssm currently open with more scheduled to open this year.
“This program seeks to ensure that Michigan employers have the highly trained technical workers they need to compete in the global economy,” Rothwell said.“Providing skills training helps worker career advancement, teamwork and productivity.”
Second Round - 2001 Economic Development Job Training Grants
Total # of Grants Awarded
Total Amount of Grants
Total amount of Employer Match
Total # of Workers Receiving Training
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 a complete list of grant awards please CLICK HERE, or on the attached pdf file.