Friday, October 07, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Training Grants Totaling $74,500 Will Improve Skills, Competitiveness
"A robust workforce is vital to competing for jobs and investment in an increasingly global marketplace," Granholm said. "We must arm our workforce with every available tool to keep them ahead of the curve."
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.
Under the terms of the award, a qualified educational institution will administer the training and each company will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.
Forty-five Jervis B. Webb workers will benefit from $30,500 in training through North Central Michigan College, and 88 Sara Lee Bakery workers will benefit from $44,000 in training through Northwestern Michigan College.
"EDJT grants have helped hundreds of Michigan companies address the cost of staying on top of new processes and technology," MEDC President and CEO Jim Epolito said. "We have to make sure that we are not one but three steps in front of the competition."
Since 1994, more than $325 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.