Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that $64,932 in Economic Development Job Training grants is being made available to upgrade the skills of 195 workers, including 130 new hires, employed by two Grand Rapids companies. The grants are being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“One of Michigan’s strongest assets in attracting new business investment is our highly skilled and adaptable workforce,” Granholm said. “Providing employees with the means to upgrade their skills will anchor these jobs in Grand Rapids and 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:
“Investing in worker training enables manufacturing companies to continue growing and strengthening the local economy,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Their success makes it easier for communities to compete for future investment and residential development.”
Birgit Klohs, president of Grand Rapids area economic development group The Right Place, Inc., noted that the advanced training will have a positive impact beyond the two companies.
“Citation and Surefil recognize the value of maintaining a highly skilled workforce,” she said. “This training will not only benefit the companies but also enhance the region’s ability to attract new investment through increasing its pool of qualified workers.”
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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