Monday, July 30, 2007
Michael Shore, MEDC
Awards of $155,407 Support Advanced Skills Upgrading
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced $155,407 in Economic Development Job Training grants is being made available to upgrade the skills of 360 workers, including 55 new hires, employed by four companies in Hillsdale, Macomb, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties. The grants are provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
“Helping workers get the skills they need to keep our companies competitive in today’s global marketplace is critical to growing Michigan businesses and revitalizing our economy,” Granholm said. “Even as we work to diversify our economy, we must also continue to strengthen our manufacturing industry, so companies like these can continue to keep and create jobs in Michigan.”
Employees will be provided with cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company’s products and needs. EDJT grants and training will be provided as follows:
- Fairway Productsin Hillsdale: $20,000 for 40 current employees through South Central Michigan Works!
- Gentz Industriesin Warren: $75,000 for 125 current employees and 25 new hires through Macomb Community College
- Light Corporation,Grand Haven: $30,407 for 95 current employees and 15 new hires through Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation
- Saline Lectronics,Saline: $30,000 for 45 current employees and 15 new hires throughWashtenawCommunity College
“Our skilled workforce is one of Michigan’s strongest assets in attracting the high-tech investment of the world’s automakers and suppliers,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “These funds will help ensure we can supply the smart, well-trained workers that are essential to Michigan’s leadership in manufacturing innovation.”
Since 1994, more than $348 million in EDJT grants has helped over 611,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
In her 2007 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.MichiganBusiness.org.
# # #