Friday, October 07, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Training Grants Totaling $90,000 Will Improve Skills, Competitiveness
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that Alma Products Company in Alma and Michigan Packaging in Mason will benefit from a total of $90,000 in Economic Development Job Training grants to upgrade the skills of 147 current workers. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will underwrite state-of-the-art training specific to each company's needs in various manufacturing processes and equipment, quality, managerial and information technology skills.
"Our workforce is recognized as one of the most highly skilled in the nation," Granholm said. "However, we must provide workers with the opportunity to learn the latest processes and skills to remain competitive in the ever-changing manufacturing environment."
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 Alma Products Company workers will benefit from $20,000 in training through Delta College, and 107 Michigan Packaging workers will benefit from $70,000 in training through Lansing Community College.
"This funding has been a driving factor in keeping our workforce at the top of their game," MEDC President and CEO Jim Epolito said. "Michigan's workers are among the best business-attraction assets that we have."
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.