Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $77,300 Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grant to upgrade the skills of 175 employees of six companies in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The funding for the training of 130 current workers and 45 new hires at companies in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties through Bay de Noc Community College is provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (MCP), an initiative to encourage collaboration among regional employers.
Employees will receive cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications designed for each company’s particular products and needs.
“Technological innovation is key to greater prosperity in Michigan,” Granholm said. “By investing in our workers we can help these companies continue to grow and be successful in the state.”
The MCP streamlines the training process by serving several companies through a single grant to make the most economical use of state funding. Under the program, 13 Regional Skills Alliances were created to provide industry-specific training by companies within geographic regions of the state.
The MCP grant of $77,300 will support training through Bay de Noc Community College as follows:
- Wendrick’s Trussin Hermansville, 30 current employees, five new hires;
- Superior Welding & Manufacturingin Hermansville, 14 current employees, three new hires;
- Engineered Machine Productsin Escanaba, 40 current employees and 25 new hires;
- TDRNin Spalding, three current employees;
- Northwoods Manufacturingin Kingsford, 20 current employees, 10 new hires; and
- RT Manufacturingin Powers, 23 current employees, two new hires.
“Support for upgrading worker skills will help these companies to stay competitive and providing jobs for families in the region,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Success in the global marketplace demands that manufacturers and their employees incorporate new processes and technologies on an ongoing basis.”
Since 1994, more than $335 million in EDJT grants has helped almost 600,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
In her 2006 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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.TheMEDC.org.
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