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58,257 Michigan Workers to Receive Training Through Over $25 Million in Job Training Grants

Monday, January 10, 2000

Kathleen McMahon
(517) 335-4590

Communities Across State BenefitThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced that 58,257 Michigan workers will have the opportunity to improve their job skills through $25,755,418 million in grants. One hundred forty-six grants, funded by the state's Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) program, will be used to upgrade the skills of workers at 355 Michigan companies."These grants, coupled with the $60 million already in place for the new Michigan Technical Education Centers, 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 EDJT program allows us to address the skill needs of a company with the trained workers to fill them."The EDJT 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 EDJT program, employers must provide a 25 percent match for training existing workers. This year, employers will provide $18,475,089 million in matching funds.The funds are provided to local community colleges, vocational-technical schools or other training providers. Much of this year's training will be delivered through distance learning programs. With programs available for almost every skill need, training through entities like the Michigan Virtual University are more in demand, as virtual training grows more readily available across Michigan. Also, as the state's sixteen Michigan Technical Education Centers (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."Technology has helped us train more workers in recent years," Rothwell said. "Using tools like the Internet, video and satellite, we are able to reach more companies and their employees."

1999 Economic Development Job Training Grants

Statewide Statistics

Total # of Grants Awarded 146

Total Amount of Grants $25,755,418

Total Amount of Employer Match $18,475,089

Total # of Workers Receiving Training 58,257

Current Workers 50,230

New Workers 8,027