Wednesday, August 28, 2002
$3.3 Million Helps Train Area Workers
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Grand Rapids Community College officials announced the opening of the newest Michigan Technical Education CenterSM (M-TEC), the Tassell M-TEC, at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) today.This center, located on the southwestside of Grand Rapids, was made possible through an MEDC grant totaling $3.3 million.
The center will train workers in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand occupations, specifically tailored to meet the needs of local businesses.The center’s training will target the occupational areas of manufacturing, construction and mechanics and repair trades.
“M-TECs are the future of high-tech skills training in Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“The self-paced and on-demand training will help Michigan’s workforce compete in the global economy.”
The new center will be one of 18 M-TECs across the state.Currently, 17 of the 18 centers are open to students. Since the 2000/2001 school year, M-TECs have served 500 employers and trained more than 16,000 students.
Please visit the MEDC Web site at www.michigan.org for a complete list of opened M-TECs.
Grand Rapids Community College President Juan Olivarez discussed the advantages that collaboration brought to the funding, design and training options of the new facility.
“This project is the result of several successful partnerships at the state and local level,” Olivarez said. “We are especially grateful to the state and to the governor for making funds available that allow Grand Rapids Community College to offer another option for state-of-the-art workforce training in West Michigan.”
Michigan has invested more than $60 million to establish these centers throughout the state.
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.