Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Local Colleges Will Help Companies Enhance Competitiveness
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $168,359 in Economic Development Job Training funding to upgrade the skills of 420 current workers and 100 new hires at companies in Marquette and Zeeland. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will underwrite state-of-the-art training in the areas of managerial and information technology skills and process improvement.
“Michigan’s ability to stay competitive in today’s global marketplace depends on our ability to ensure our job-creating businesses have a steady supply of smart, well-trained workers,” Granholm said.
In her 2006 State of the State address, Governor Granholm emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening the workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools being used to enhance the state’s business-friendly climate.
Under the terms of the award, a qualified educational institution will administer the training and each company will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
The training providers, the companies and number of employees benefiting from the grants are:
- ODL Inc., Zeeland - $88,359
Ottawa County Michigan Works!, 270 current employees, 30 new hires
Pioneer Surgical Technology, Marquette – $80,000
Northern Michigan University, 150 current employees, 70 new hires
“EDJT grants are one way the MEDC helps job-creating enterprises keep pace with technological change,” MEDC President and CEO Jim Epolito said. “Employers simply cannot survive in the present competitive climate without workers equipped with the latest skills.”
Since 1994, more than $325 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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit our Web site at www.michigan.org.
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