U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for new high-tech job training opportunities for workers whose jobs were outsourced and veterans at Mott Community College and Baker College. Even with thousands of Michigan residents looking for work, businesses across the state are reporting difficulty finding workers for many skilled positions. The two colleges will be able to design job training programs to prepare Michigan workers with the right skills for advanced manufacturing jobs.
"For Michigan to create jobs and compete in the global economy, it's critical our workers have the right skills and training opportunities to match the needs of emerging high-growth industries," said Stabenow. ""This grant will help Mott Community College and Baker College continue to lead the way in developing and expanding innovative training programs to help veterans and workers get high-skill jobs now."
"Michigan workers can out-compete any workforce around the world if they have the opportunity to get the training and education they need," Levin said. "These grants are important to giving Michigan workers the support they need to compete in a global marketplace."
Mott Community College will receive a $2.7 million grant as a member in a consortium of 8 Michigan community colleges on behalf of the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing. Baker College will receive a $1.4 million grant as member in a consortium led by Century College in White Bear Lake Minnesota. The awards are made available through the Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Program.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program provides community colleges funding to expand and improve education and career training programs for workers eligible for training adjustment assistance because their jobs were sent overseas or were lost as a result of foreign trade.