Wednesday, December 04, 2002
More than $4 Million to Help Train Area Workers
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Lansing Community College (LCC) officials commemorated the final Michigan Technical Education CenterSM (M-TEC) groundbreaking today.The new LCC M-TEC was made possible through an MEDC grant totaling more than $4 million.
The center will be located near the intersection of Snow Road and Mt. Hope Highway on Lansing’s west side.It 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 mechanics and repair trades.
“The groundbreaking of the Lansing Community College M-TEC today marks the final steps toward the completion of this important workforce initiative,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“M-TECs are an investment in the future ensuring that Michigan’s workforce continues to be among the best in the nation.”
The new center will be one of 18 M-TECs across the state.Currently, 17 of the 18 centers are open to students.Since the program’s inception in 1997, the M-TECs have provided services to more than 1,000 employers and 33,800 trainees, totaling over 589,800 training hours.Since operation, the M-TECs have exceeded the five-year goal of the number of employees trained by an estimated 6,700.
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.