Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Michael Shore, MEDC
Total Awards of $438,033 Support Advanced Skills Upgrading
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that $438,033 in Economic Development Job Training grants is being made available to upgrade the skills of 1,087 workers, including 356 new hires, employed by three companies in Lenawee, Oakland and Ottawa counties. The grants are provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
“One of Michigan’s strongest assets in attracting new business investment is our high-skilled, adaptable workforce,” Granholm said. “Providing employees with the opportunity to get additional training will help Michigan companies remain competitive in today’s global marketplace and continue to create jobs in the state.”
Employees will be provided with cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company’s products and needs. EDJT grants and training will be provided as follows:
- GHSPin Grand Haven: $218,783 for 636 current employees and 56 new hires through the Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation;
- DENSO International America,Southfield: $125,000 for 250 new hires through Oakland Community College; and
- Wacker Chemical,Adrian: $94,250 for 95 current employees and 50 new hires through the Lenawee Chamber Foundation.
“Our manufacturing companies are up against the toughest kind of international competition,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Investment in training helps assure the future well-being of our domestic industrial base.”
Since 1994, more than $339 million in EDJT grants has helped over 611,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
In her 2007 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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