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4,119 Michigan Workers to Receive Training Through More Than $3.4 Million in Job Training Grants

Friday, April 27, 2001

April 27, 2001

Contact: Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

4,119 Michigan Workers to Receive Training Through More Than $3.4 Million in Job Training Grants 

Accumulated Total of $13 million in awards granted this year 

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that 4,119 Michigan workers will have the opportunity to improve their job skills through more than $3 million in grants.Twenty-six grants, funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Development Job Training program, will be used to upgrade the skills of workers at 26 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 26 grants employers will provide $970,693 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-TECsSM) 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-TECscurrently open with several 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.“Job training helps workers with 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.  

Current Economic Development Job Training Grants Statewide Statistics 

Total Number of Grants Awarded:26
Total Amount of Grants:$3,404,471
Total amount of Employer Match:$970,693
Total Number of Workers Receiving Training:4,119
Current Workers:3,088
New Workers:1,031