Friday, March 09, 2007
Michael Shore, MEDC
Total Awards of $833,567 Will Benefit Employees in Four Counties
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that $833,567 in Economic Development Job Training grants is being made available to upgrade the skills of 1,210 workers, including 445 new hires, employed by four companies in Macomb, Monroe, Van Buren and Wayne counties. The grants are being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“A highly skilled and adaptable workforce is one of our strongest assets in attracting new jobs and investments to Michigan,” Granholm said. “Providing their workers with the means to upgrade their skills will help these companies remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.”
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:
- Plastechin Monroe: $300,000 for 200 current employees and 100 new hires through Henry Ford Community College;
- Karmann USAin Plymouth: $212, 500 for 225 current employees and 200 new hires through Schoolcraft College;
- MPI Researchin Mattawan: $251,067 for 335 current employees and 75 new hires through Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; and
- Sharp Tooling and Assemblyin Fraser: $70,000 for five current employees and 70 new hires through Wayne County Community College District.
“Adapting to new processes and technologies is an ongoing challenge for every manufacturing company today,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Job training assistance will help these employers remain players in the global competition.”
Since 1994, more than $337 million in EDJT grants has helped nearly 605,000 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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