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2,829 Michigan Workers to Receive Training Through More Than $1.8 Million in Job Training Grants

Friday, December 07, 2001

Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Announces First Round of Funding

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Announces First Round of Funding

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that 2,829 Michigan workers will have the opportunity to improve their job skills through $1,880,567 in Economic Development Job Training grants.The grants will be used to upgrade the skills of workers at 30 Michigan companies.This is the first in a series of awards to be granted in the 2001/2002 fiscal year.

“Companies are attracted to Michigan because of our strong workforce.The job training program allows us to address the individual training needs of a company,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“Economic Development Job Training grants help ensure that Michigan employers have the highly trained technical workers they need to compete in the global economy.”

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 grants, employers will provide $794,384 in matching funds.

The funds are provided to local community colleges, vocational-technical schools or other training providers chosen by the employer.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 10 M-TECssm currently open with more scheduled to open this year.

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.

2002 Economic Development Job Training Grants
Statewide Statistics

Total # of Grants Awarded30
Total Amount of Grants$1,880,567
Total amount of Employer Match$794,384
Total # of Workers Receiving Training2,829
Current Workers2,373
New Workers456

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