The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Michigan Works! agency and Henry FordCommunity College officials announced the opening of the newest Michigan Technical Education CenterSM (M-TEC), at Henry Ford Community College today.This center was made possible through an MEDC grant totaling $5 million.
This center will train workers in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand occupations, specifically tailored to meet the needs of local businesses. The center’s training will target the occupational areas of manufacturing, construction and Information technology.
“M-TECs are the future of high-tech skills training in Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “The self-paced and on-demand training will help Michigan’s workforce compete in the global economy.”
The new center will be one of 18 M-TECs across the state.Currently, 15 of the 18 centers are open to students including: Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids Community College in Holland, Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Montcalm Community College in Greenville, Mott Community College in Howell Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Southwestern Michigan College in Niles, St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Mid Michigan Community College in Harrison, Macomb Community College in Warren and now Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn.
“The HFCC M-TEC represents a unique collaboration among business, organized labor, education, government and the general community,” said Dr. Andrew A. Mazzara, president, Henry Ford Community College. “We aim to help keep area business competitive, preserve and expand job opportunities for current employees and prepare youth and adults for technical jobs with a promising future.”
M-TECs are designed to train workers in a variety of technical positions. Michigan has invested more than $60 million to establish these centers throughout the state.
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.