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 Grand Rapids, Kellogg, and Lake Michigan Community Colleges. Even with thousands of Michigan residents looking for work, businesses across the state are reporting difficulty finding workers for many skilled positions. These community 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 Grand Rapids, Kellogg, and Lake Michigan Community Colleges continue to lead the way to develop and expand innovative training programs 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."
Grand Rapids Community College will receive will receive a $4.1 million grant, Kellogg Community College a $2.7 million grant, and Lake Michigan Community College a $1.2 million grant as members in a consortium of 8 Michigan community colleges on behalf of the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing. 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.