Monday, October 10, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Lansing Community College to Provide State-of-the-Art Training to 1,176 Workers at Eight Local Companies
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $332,998 Economic Development Job Training grant to Lansing Community College to upgrade the skills of 1,090 current workers and 86 new hires at eight manufacturing firms in Ingham and Eaton counties. 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 employers more competitive in the global market. Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
"Support for worker skills upgrading is a major factor in business expansion, location and retention decisions," Granholm said. "This training will keep pace with industry demands and help these companies remain competitive in a 21st century economy."
She added that technical training will be conducted in areas such as lean manufacturing, quality verification, quality core curriculum, team concepts, military vehicle production, cup manufacturing and magnesium forging techniques.
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.
The following companies will benefit from the job training grants announced today:
Atmosphere Annealing in Lansing will use $45,454 to train 114 current employees and six new hires;
Bekum America in Williamston will use $18,500 to train 47 current employees;
Dart Container of Michigan in Mason will use $8,396 to train 37 current employees and l0 new hires;
Gestamp US HardTech in Mason will use $11,368 to train 101 current employees and two new hires;
Magnesium Products of American in Eaton Rapids will use $172,089 to train 350 current employees and 20 new hires;
Parker Hannifin in Mason will use $15,331 to train 92 current employees; and
Spartan Motors in Eaton will use $51,667 to train 295 current employees and 47 new hires.
"These companies are important to the overall strength of the state's economy," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "Each is a link in the chain of well-paid workers and their families that support local merchants and enhance the community's future prospects. Providing opportunity for manufacturing apprenticeships is the kind of investment in our workforce that our economic development job training program was designed to accomplish."
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.