©2016 Michigan Economic Development Corporation

726 Michigan Workers to Receive Training Through $715,134 in Job Training Grants

Friday, July 20, 2001

Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

More Than $22.9 Million Awards Granted and About 35,000 Workers To Be Trained

More Than $22.9 Million Awards Granted and About 35,000 Workers To Be Trained

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that an additional 726 Michigan workers will have the opportunity to improve their job skills through $715,134 in grants.Five grants, funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Development Job Training program, will be used to upgrade the skills of workers at Michigan companies.

“New advances in the workplace have made frequent worker training critical for companies to remain competitive,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“This training helps workers improve the skills needed to enhance productivity.”

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 five grants employers will provide $200,366 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.

The MEDC has awarded more than $22.9 million in EDJT grants this year, providing training to an estimated 35,000 Michigan workers.More grants are expected to be announced later 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.

Current Economic Development Job Training Grants
Statewide Statistics

Total Number of Grants Awarded: 5
Total Amount of Grants:$715,134
Total amount of Employer Match:$200,366
Total Number of Workers Receiving Training:726
Current Workers:642
New Workers:84