Monday, October 10, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Training Via Northern Michigan University to Boost Skills of 142 Workers
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $100,000 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 140 current workers and 2 new hires at American Eagle Airlines through Northern Michigan University. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program in cooperation with the Michigan Regional Skills Alliances, will provide employees with advanced training that will make their employer more competitive in the global market.
"Support for worker skills upgrading is a major factor in business expansion, location and retention decisions," the Governor said. "This funding will help American Eagle Airlines' employees get the skills they need to meet new certification requirements for jet maintenance."
Under the MCP, 13 Regional Skills Alliances were created to provide industry-specific training by companies within a geographical region. The areas served by the MRSAs include all 83 counties in the state, with a diversity of industries that include health care, manufacturing, construction and nanotechnology.
Under the terms of the award, the company will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
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.
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 used to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.
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.