Wednesday, September 27, 2000
$3 Million Grant Helps Train Area Workers for High-Skilled, High-Wage Positions The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) joined Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), Ottawa County Michigan Works! and Ottawa Area Intermediate School District officials today at the grand opening of the Michigan Technical Education CenterSM (M-TECsm) in Holland.This center was made possible through a $3 million MEDC grant.This 35,000 square foot center, will train workers in high-skilled, high-wage, high-demand occupations, specifically tailored to meet the needs of local businesses.The center’s focus training areas include manufacturing and construction. “The grand opening of this center gives us a glimpse into the future of technical training in Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“In order to meet local companies’ needs, we need to be prepared with a highly-trained and capable workforce.These centers will meet those needs by offering specifically-tailored courses.”The new GRCC center will be one of 18 M-TECs across the state.Currently, four of the 18 centers are opened to students: Bay De Noc in Escanaba, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and now Grand Rapids Community College in Holland.Ground has been broken on the majority of the remaining centers.M-TECs are designed to train workers in a variety of technical positions.Michigan has invested $60 million to establish these centers throughout the state. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation works in partnership with local communities and Michigan businesses to retain and expand job opportunities and improve Michigan’s overall business climate.