Workforce Development Agency Announces Job Training Grants for Michigan companies

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Workforce Development Agency today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of $1,857,982 in Skilled Trades Training Fund program grants to 16 Michigan Works! agencies around the state. The funds will be awarded to Michigan companies for skilled trades training to better match talent with employer needs.

“Michigan’s economic vitality and opportunities for business and job growth depend on a workforce with the necessary talents and training for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Workforce training programs that are responsive to the needs of industry are basic to our commitment to reinvent government and create more and better jobs in Michigan.”

Announced by Snyder in January, the Skilled Trades Training Fund program provides competitive awards to Michigan Works! agencies to fund employer-driven training in high-demand occupations. Participating businesses must commit to hire participants at the successful completion of classroom training, or in cases of on-the-job or incumbent worker training, retain the employees at the completion of training.

Today’s STTF recipients will distribute the funds to 34 Michigan employers in their regions, who will use the funds to upskill 5,634 current employees and 137 new employees and create up to 130 new jobs as a result of the training. The employers will provide a total of $10.7 million in matching funds (for complete details on winning agencies and employers, see list below).

“The Skilled Trades Training Fund allows employers access to workers who possess the skills needed to grow their business,” said Workforce Development Agency Director Christine Quinn. “Employers are involved in every step of the process, including identifying key skill sets and recommending the appropriate type of training. This level of involvement translates into job growth for the business and job opportunities for the workers.”

A total of $10 million has been allocated for the Fiscal Year 2014 Skilled Trades Training Fund program. Funds will be awarded on an ongoing basis. For more information on the Skilled Trades Training Fund program, visit the Workforce Development Agency at www.michigan.gov/wda/.

The Workforce Development Agency promotes a flexible, innovative, and effective workforce system within the State of Michigan.  The WDA and the Michigan Works! system provide services to employers and job seekers to train and place skilled workers in good jobs across Michigan.

Skilled Trades Training Fund program awards

Organization Name

Location

Amount Awarded

Capital Area Michigan Works!

Alliance Interiors

Lansing

$9,800

Burcham Hills Retirement Center

East Lansing

$32,705

Cameron Tool Corporation

Lansing

$22,500

Demmer Corporation Lansing

$34,500

Franchino Mold & Engineering Company Lansing

$8,400

Roberts Sinto Corporation

Lansing

$37,029

Ryder Integrated Logistics Lansing

$16,500

Sandmold System

Newyago

$11,985

Symmetry Medical Lansing

$68,005

Williamston Products, Inc. Williamston

$29,531

Central Area Michigan Works!

Ventra

Ionia

$11,050

Eastern Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!

Precision Edge Surgical Products Company Sault Ste. Marie, Boyne City

$68,386

Genessee Shiawassee Michigan Works!

Crest Marine, LLC Owosso

$5,600

Rugged Liner, Inc.

Owosso

$25,000

Senderra RX Partners Flint

$39,280

Sonoco Protective Solutions Owosso

$58,180

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation Hemlock

$105,000

Nexteer Automotive Corporation Saginaw

$165,000

Spicer Group, Inc.

Saginaw

$10,500

Livingston County Michigan Works!

CRW Plastics USA, Inc. Howell

$95,000

Michigan Works! Calhoun Intermediate School District

Starr Commonwealth

Albion

$13,500

Northeast Michigan Works!

Moran Iron Works Onaway

$10,600

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments/Northwest Michigan Works!

Moeller Aerospace Technology Harbor Springs

$155,840

Petoskey Plastics

Petoskey

$23,100

Oakland County Michigan Works!

William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak

$109,932

Ottawa County Michigan Works!

Baumann Tool & Die Zeeland

$1,050

Metalution Holland

$11,560

South Central Michigan Works!

Hornet Manufacturing Hudson

$3,870

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Michigan Works!

Ford Motor Company – Flat Rock Assembly Plant Flat Rock

$500,000

Trinity Health Corp Livonia

$32,579

Washtenaw County Michigan Works!

Adaptive Materials, Inc. Ann Arbor

$28,800

West Central Michigan Works!

General Mills Operations, LLC Reed City

$81,000

Reed City Tool, Inc. Reed City

$15,000

Whitehall Industries Ludington

$17,200

TOTAL AWARDS

 34

TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED

$1,857,982


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