Monday, May 13, 2002
$4.1 Million Helps Train Area Workers for High-Skilled, High-Wage Positions
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Kirtland Community College officials announced the opening of the newest Michigan Technical Education CenterSM (M-TEC), at Kirtland Community College on Saturday, May 11.This center was made possible through an MEDC grant totaling $4.1 million.
The 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 and construction trades.
“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.
“Kirtland Community College is proud of its unique M-TEC partnership with the citizens of Otsego County and the University Center,” said Dr. Charles Rorie, president, Kirtland Community College.“The Kirtland M-TEC at Gaylord will be the premier training provider for this entire region.”
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.