Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Job Training Grant Will Help Employees, Automaker Stay Competitive
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced a $500,000 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 750 workers at Chrysler Group's stamping and assembly operations in Sterling Heights. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will provide workers with specialized maintenance, trades, new equipment and high-tech process training.
"This partnership forged by Chrysler and the state of Michigan will continue to help the company meet the new challenges of the global economy," Granholm said. "This training will allow the Chrysler workers to stay competitive as the auto industry continues to expand into new, high-tech fields."
In her 2005 State of the State address, Governor Granholm emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening Michigan's workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools being used to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.
Under the terms of the award, Oakland Community College will be the grant administrator with Chrysler Group providing a minimum 25 percent funding match.
Since 1994, more than $260 million in EDJT grants have helped over half a million Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
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.