Monday, September 27, 1999
Area Community Service Employment & Training Council for Grand Rapids Community College, $3.3 million;Office of Michigan Works! Berrien/Cass/Van Buren for Southwestern Michigan College, $2 million;Central Area Partnership Consortium for Montcalm Community College, $2,486,300;Livingston Job Training Services for Lansing Community College, $4.5 million;Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, Inc., for St. Clair County Community College, $2,499,758;Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, Inc., for Macomb County Community College, $5 million;Northeast Michigan Consortium for Kirtland Community College, $4.1 million;Region 7B Employment & Training Consortium for Mid Michigan Community College, $1.95 million. Funds for an additional Michigan Technical Education Center are being retained for use as a potential incentive to lure a second new General Motors plant to Lansing. "The overwhelming response from last year's winners convinced us to do it again," Rothwell said. "Judging by the commitment entire communities have chosen to take in their projects, these centers are obviously greatly needed." To compete for the M-TEC funding, training providers submitted proposals for consideration. As part of their proposals, they were required to choose specific areas of training for occupations for which skilled workers are in high demand in its geographic region. "Only local business people and educators know what is needed in their area," Rothwell said. "To let them choose what to focus on is a win-win-win situation--business owners will have a good supply of skilled workers to hire, students will know that they can get a good job after they graduate, and the community will be able to retain talent that today is hard to find in any city or state, making business attraction easier." Local press conferences were held today across the state. Both state and local officials were on-hand to participate in the announcements. Return to the A - Major Announcements page.