U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced today that four Michigan organizations will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Labor for programs that provide training and education for out-of-school youth. The YouthBuild grants are designed to assist out-of-school youth to obtain their diplomas or GEDs while gaining occupational training in the construction industry. The Michigan organizations receiving funding are the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments in Petoskey and Cadillac, Metro Community Development in Flint, Community Action Agency in Jackson and SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress in Detroit.
"Helping get our out-of-school youth the training and education they need for good jobs in the construction industry is a real win-win for our communities," Levin said. "It's a win for the youth who will get the training and support they need, and it's a win for the communities that will reap the benefits of a better trained workforce."
"As our economy continues to recover, it is vital that we are preparing Michigan workers with the training and skills necessary for new jobs," said Stabenow. "YouthBuild will help students across Michigan complete their high school or GED education and train them for the jobs of tomorrow. It will also make Michigan's workforce more competitive and attractive for innovative new businesses."