Monday, October 10, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
South Central Michigan Works! Is Awarded $50,000 For 100 Manufacturing Apprenticeships
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $50,000 Economic Development Job Training grant to South Central Michigan Works! to upgrade the skills of 91 current workers and nine new hires at six manufacturing firms in Concord, Hillsdale, Horton and Jackson. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program in cooperation with the Michigan Regional Skills Alliances, will enable participation in an apprenticeship program leading to high-tech manufacturing skills. Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
"Support for upgrading worker skills is a major factor in business expansion, location and retention decisions," the Governor said. "This funding will provide the background that will allow the local workforces to do high-tech manufacturing, and enhance the competitiveness of these companies."
Under the MCP, 13 Regional Skills Alliances were created to provide industry-specific training by companies within a geographical region. The areas served by the MRSAs include all 83 counties in the state, with a diversity of industries that include health care, manufacturing, construction and nanotechnology.
The following companies will benefit from the job training grants announced today:
AccuBilt in Hillsdale will use $3,000 to train four current employees and two new hires;
Advanced Turning & Manufacturing in Jackson will use $33,000 to train 66 current employees;
Classic Turning in Jackson will use $3,000 to train four current employees and two new hires;
Concord Manufacturing in Concord will use $3,500 to train seven current employees; and
Lomar Machine & Tool in Horton will use $2,500 to train five current employees.
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.