Friday, February 04, 2000
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that 427 Kraft Foods-Post Division workers will have the opportunity to improve their job skills through $300,099 in job training grants. These grants, awarded to Kellogg Community College through the Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) program, will be used to train 412 existing Post workers and 15 new Post employees. "After diligent work with Senator (John) Schwarz, we realized that these grants were essential to Post workers," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation said. "The grants will allow Post to address the specific needs of the corporation and train the workers to meet those requirements."The EDJT program helps Michigan businesses create new jobs or retain existing jobs by improving the skills and competitiveness of Michigan’s workforce. Under the requirements of the EDJT program, employers must provide a 25 percent match for training existing workers. The funds are provided to local community colleges, vocational-technical schools or other training providers. "This is excellent news for Battle Creek," said Senator John Schwarz, R-Battle Creek. "Investing in Post employees now will protect those essential jobs well into the future. Thanks to Doug Rothwell and the MEDC for excellent work."