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Granholm Announces Assistance to Retain More Than 14,000 Employees at 76 Manufacturing Companies

Friday, November 12, 2004

Paul Krepps, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Streamlined Training Process Serves Multiple Employers

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced $1.9 million in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grants that will help retain over 14,000 workers at 76 Michigan companies. The grants, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), will enable workers to receive specialized training through 11 Michigan colleges, universities and community foundations.

The funding is part of the MEDC's new Manufacturing Competitiveness initiative which is designed to help enhance the skills of Michigan's manufacturing workforce and encourage collaboration between regional employers. The program aims to streamline the training process by serving several companies through a single grant to make the best use of state funding.

The types of training offered include lean manufacturing, process improvement, quality management subsystems, the Six Sigma measure of quality and other manufacturing-related skills and processes including certification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Following is a list of the grantees, amount of funding and companies that will benefit from the training:

  • Baker College - $190,000

  • Bay de Noc Community College - $100,000

  • Grand Rapids Community College - $120,000

  • Jackson Community College/Lenawee Chamber Foundation - $200,000

  • Livingston County Michigan Works! - $220,000

  • Mott Community College - $150,000

  • Monroe Community College - $200,000

  • Oakland Community College - $100,000

  • Orchard View Community Schools - $100,000

  • Washtenaw Community College - $100,000

  • Wayne State University - $450,000

In addition to these grants the Governor announced an additional $250,000 to help retain workers at 11 Michigan tool and die companies. In total today, the Governor announced nearly $2.2 million to benefit 87 companies and help retain nearly 15,000 manufacturing industry jobs.

Since 1994, more than $263 million in Economic Development Job Training grants have helped more than 500,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.

In her 2004 State of the State address, the Governor announced her plan to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening the workforce is part of that plan. EDJT funding is one of the key tools being used to develop a highly trained pool of workers to enhance the state'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.