|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
May 11, 2001
Contact: Jennifer Kopp
3,718 Michigan Workers to Receive Training
Through More Than $1.2 Million in Job Training Grants
Accumulated Total of $16,374,627 Awards Granted This Year
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that 3,718 Michigan workers will have the opportunity to improve their job skills through more than $1.2 million in grants.Eleven grants, funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Development Job Training program, will be used to upgrade the skills of workers at 15 Michigan companies.
“These grants will help provide Michigan workers with the learning tools and resources needed to improve and enhance their job skills,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“Michigan takes pride in its reputation of possessing a strong workforce.Providing job training programs allows us to continue to develop this workforce while addressing the specific training needs of each 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 11 grants employers will provide $387,689 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 CentersSM (M-TECs)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.”
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.
Current Economic Development Job Training GrantsTotal Number of Grants Awarded:11
Total Amount of Grants:$1,281,856
Total amount of Employer Match:$387,689
Total Number of Workers Receiving Training:3,718