Thursday, July 09, 1998
Funding to train 20 students in aviation mechanicsGovernor Presents $40,000 Check to Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency Governor John Engler presented the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency with a check for $40,000 today at the School-to-Work Business Partnership Technical Training Center in East Tawas. Engler presented the check as part of the Governor's Career Scholarship program. The money will be used to train 20 area students in aviation mechanics. "By working together, the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency and American International Airways have created a model for the entire state," Engler said. "Their program is an example of the great things that can happen when business and education work together to help shape their area's future." Iosco Regional Education Service Agency, in partnership with American International Airways, Inc., designed and developed a training partnership for area students. The educational partnership from American International Airways, Inc. has been a model for other businesses in the region. In February, to address the need for additional training for Michigan workers, Governor Engler introduced a plan that earmarked $50 million to address the situation. Part of the Governor's plan includes $30 million to help build up to five technical training centers at community colleges across the state. The remaining $20 million of the plan was allocated for the Governor's Career Scholarships. The Governor's Career Scholarship program will help train 6,435 full-time students and 6,141 part-time students. Of the 12,576 scholarships, approximately 41% of students will be trained in manufacturing fields, approximately 14% will receive training in the health care profession and 35% will receive training in information technology. "Iosco County students will be able to use these scholarships to get the skills they need to fill the high-skill, high-wage, high-demand, gold-collar jobs available to them in this area and all across Michigan," said Engler. All areas of the state will benefit from the new scholarships, which are a centerpiece of Engler's 14-point Gold Collar Jobs Agenda. The money was awarded to community colleges and training providers and will help provide more than 12,576 scholarships to students across the state. To apply for career scholarships, students should contact their local community college or call their local Michigan Works! office at 1-800-285-WORKS.