Friday, April 09, 2004
Streamlined Process Serves Multiple Employers
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that 1,760 Michigan workers at 63 companies will receive specialized training funded by more than $1 million in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grants provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Grants were awarded to six Michigan colleges, universities and community foundations to implement the training.
The funding is part of the MEDC's new EDJT 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 ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
Following is a list of the grantees, amount of funding and companies that will receive training:
Alpena Community College - $55,000
Henry Ford Community College - $400,000
North Central Michigan College - $220,000
Northern Michigan University - $142,185
Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation - $203,000
Washtenaw Community College - $68,000
Since 1994, more than $261 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.
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.