Monday, February 11, 2002
85 Workers Assisted
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced the award of a $31,400 Economic Development Job Training Grant (EDJT) to the Lenawee Training and Education Consortium today for training Cyltec, LLC workers.The funding will be used to train 85 workers in continuous process and quality improvement techniques at Cyltec’s Tecumseh facility.
“The goal of EDJT funds is to ensure that Michigan’s workforce is prepared for new technologies and growth opportunities,” said Doug Rothwell, president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“This training will help Cyltec to stay ahead of the game and compete more effectively in the global economy.”
Cyltec is a minority-owned company using advanced manufacturing to conduct cylinder head machining, utilizing automated equipment and processes including advanced robotics.
“We are grateful for the grant funding which will give our employees the opportunity to receive training that will advance their skills and knowledge,” said Tom Hedstrom, general manager of Cyltec, LLC.“This will enable us to maintain a competitive advantage in a very challenging market.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation administers the Michigan Economic Development Job Training Grant (EDJT) program.This year’s EDJT funds total more than $26 million.
The employer must be able to demonstrate a need for the training as well as create and or retain high-wage and high-skilled jobs.Employers must also provide a 25 percent match for training incumbent workers.Cyltec provided $8,700.
EDJT serves as link between local training providers, employers, economic development organizations, local Michigan Works! agencies and the MEDC.State law requires that 70 percent of the program funds be awarded to community colleges.No funds are directly awarded to businesses.
The following entities are eligible to apply for grants on behalf of specific employers who qualify:
· Community Colleges
· Public school districts and intermediate school districts
· Public or private nonprofit colleges or universities
· Nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to provide educational programs, employmentand training services, vocational rehabilitation programs or school-to-work transition programs
· Headquarters of federal and state-sponsored manufacturing technology center
· Local workforce development boards/Michigan Works! agencies
· Consortiums consisting of the above mentioned entities.
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.