Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Job Training through Tuscola Schools to Boost Skills of 131 Workers
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $75,500 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 83 current workers and 48 new hires at four automotive suppliers in Huron and Tuscola counties through the Tuscola Intermediate School District. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (MCP), will provide employees with state-of-the-art training in advanced automotive manufacturing.
The following four companies will benefit from the job training:
Berkley Industries in Bay Port will use $12,500 to train 24 current workers;
Cass Valley Enterprises in Vassar will use $10,000 to train 24 current workers and six new hires;
Kaumagraph Flint Corporation in Millington will use $28,000 to train 25 current workers and seven new hires; and
Millennium Industries in Cass City will use $25,000 to train 10 current workers and 35 new hires.
Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
"EDJT grants through the MCP will allow Michigan workers to hone their skills, stay current with the latest manufacturing techniques and processes and help companies overcome the challenges of global competition," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said.
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.
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 used to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.
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.