Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Job Training Will Benefit Employees of 11 Companies Statewide
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced $654,489 in Economic Development Job Training grants to upgrade the skills of 1,356 employees at 11 companies across the state. Local educational institutions will provide cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications tailored to demands of each company’s products and processes.
“This training will provide our workers with the skills that will keep our manufacturers competitive in today’s global economy and keep jobs here in Michigan,” Granholm said.
Training will be conducted at qualified local educational institutions of the employers’ choosing. The funding will be used to supply training for 639 current workers and 717 new hires as follows:
- Ann Arbor: AVL Powertrain Engineering, $10,000 for 17 current employees, three new hires, Schoolcraft College;
- Bay City: Euclid Industries,$30,000 for 150 current employees, Delta College;
- Bay City: S. C. Johnson,$89,000 for 178 current employees, 12 new hires, Delta College;
- Bay City: Michigan Sugar,$12,500 for 25 current employees, Delta College;
- Bridgeport: Unique Instruments,$50,000 for 50 new hires, Delta College;
- Buchanan: Express-1,$25,000 for 25 current employees, Lake Michigan College;
- Lansing: Johnson Controls (Bridgewater Interiors),$261,488 for 557 new hires, Lansing Community College;
- Menominee: Enstrom Helicopter,$37,000 for 69 current employees, five new hires, Northern Michigan University;
- Newaygo: G-M Wood Products,$60,000 for 100 current employees, 20 new hires, Orchard View School District;
- Warren: SMW Automotive,$37,500 for 75 current employees, Macomb Community College; and
- Wyoming: Michigan Turkey Producers,$42,001 for 70 new hires, Grand Rapids Community College.
“The health of our communities depends ultimately on the ability of their local businesses to provide employment for local residents,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Support for employee training and skills upgrading is one step the state can take to assure that our businesses can continue to fulfill that role.”
Since 1994, more than $333 million in EDJT grants has helped more than 600,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
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 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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org..
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