Monday, April 25, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
High-Tech Training Will Help Secure 400 Jobs
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $150,000 Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grant to boost the skills of 400 workers at INCAT in Novi, which provides professional services to companies throughout the world. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), will help 100 current and 300 new workers receive specialized training in information technology, process improvement, technical process and applied academics.
"This funding will help INCAT employees learn new, cutting-edge, skills that will keep the company competitive in the global economy and keep good paying jobs here in Michigan," Granholm said.
In her 2005 State of the State address, Governor Granholm emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening Michigan's workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools being used to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.
INCAT has chosen Henry Ford Community College to provide the training. Under the requirements of the program, the company will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.
"Working with the state of Michigan, we are maintaining world-leading standards for our technical professionals," said INCAT CEO Ulrich Herter. "Enhanced knowledge and skills help us assist our clients in the Great Lakes region to get more from their engineering and design activities, and to successfully compete in the global marketplace."
"INCAT offers unique professional and technology services that require specialized training," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "The EDJT program will boost employee skills and make it possible for the company to remain and thrive here in Michigan."
Since 1994, more than $260 million in EDJT grants have helped over half a million Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
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.