Thursday, April 30, 1998
Speaking at the Standard Federal Tonquish Economic Club in Plymouth, Governor John Engler announced today that applications are now available for a new program that will build five or more new technical training centers across the state. The $30 million program is available on a competitive basis for community colleges to construct the new centers. "Today, thousands of high-tech jobs go begging because workers often lack the necessary training," Engler said. "These new centers will help ensure a steady supply of both skilled workers and high-paying jobs in our increasingly high-tech state." The centers may be satellite facilities, located off campus, possibly in business parks or other locations attractive to employers for hiring graduates. "Our goal is to be first in the 21st century, the nation's leader in high-skill job training for our state's workforce," noted Engler. "This program, combined with the 10,000 new scholarships I announced earlier in February, will help us cement our role as the Information State of the new millennium." Demand for technicians and related occupations is expected to increase by nearly one-third over the next seven years. "The amount and type of education you need for a good job is changing rapidly," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and Department Director of the Michigan Jobs Commission. "Every day, I see really good jobs for which you need skills training, but don't need a four-year degree. Jobs like computer programmer, computer technician, machine tool operator, CAD-CAM designer and more. These pay really well, and these new training centers can be a national model for helping people start these careers." Applications are now available and must be submitted to the Michigan Jobs Commission by August 14, 1998. Funding is from the Michigan Renaissance Fund. Awards will be announced in late 1998, and construction should begin by June 1999.