Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $1,485,513 in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grants to upgrade the skills of 2,917 employees at 12 companies in Southeast Michigan. Employees will be provided with cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing processes.
“Michigan outpaces every other state in attracting high-tech and R&D investment from the world’s most innovative manufacturers,” Granholm said. “Our deep pool of highly skilled and experienced workers is critical to attracting investment in Michigan.”
An EDJT grant of $1,029,513 will be used to upgrade the skills of 2,000 current workers at General Motors in Pontiac with training delivered through Oakland Community College.
Training will also be provided by OCC under a $53,000 EDJT grant to JATCO USA in Wixom for the training of 106 new hires.
Training will be provided by Livingston County Michigan Works! under a $50,000 EDJT grant to Hatch Stamping in Chelsea for 65 new hires.
Hemlock Semiconductor in Hemlockwill receive training provided by Delta College under a $30,000 EDJT grant for 30 current employees and 30 new hires.
Training will be provided to Vision Manufacturing in Flint by Tuscola Intermediate School District under a $15,000 EDJT grant for four current employees and 26 new hires.
In Livingston County, a Manufacturing Competitiveness Program grant totaling $308,000 will be used to upgrade skills of 436 current employees and 220 new hires at seven companies with training delivered by Livingston County Michigan Works! as follows:
- Ogihara Americain Howell, 143 current employees, 28 new hires;
- Eberspaecher North Americain Brighton, 20 current employees, 60 new hires;
- Chem-Trendin Howell, 130 current employees and 10 new hires;
- Transtar Autobody Technologiesin Waterford, 45 current employees, five new hires;
- Weld Moldin Brighton, 28 current employees, two new hires;
- Datapak Servicesin New Hudson, 65 new hires; and
- Injectronics Howell Divisionin Howell, 70 current employees, 50 new hires.
The MCP aims to streamline the training process by serving several companies through a single grant to make the most economical use of state funding. Under the program, 13 Regional Skills Alliances were created to provide industry-specific training by companies within a geographical regional of the state.
“Keeping our companies competitive is the name of the game in today’s global marketplace,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Those that cannot compete will be eliminated from contention. This funding will keep our companies in the game and able to continue creating jobs in Michigan.”
Since 1994, more than $335 million in EDJT grants has helped almost 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.TheMEDC.org.
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