State awards $ 2 million in grants to create a talent pool with training centers and employers

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunities has awarded more than $ 2 million in grants designed to create a stronger pipeline between adult education and workforce training programs and local businesses that looking to hire.

The state agency has awarded grants to a variety of adult learning centers across the state, as industries struggle to maintain a full workforce.

West Michigan funding recipients included the Allegan County Technical and Educational Center, the Kent Quarry Technical Center, the Muskegon Region Career Technology Center and the Careerline Tech Center in Zeeland.

All organizations will receive up to $ 350,000 in grants, which will be used to fund a wide range of adult education programs.

Program participants must prepare for a high school diploma or its equivalent, or receive remedial services through one of the LEO-funded adult education programs.

These programs range from automotive technology and home construction to welding, machining, medical administration and bleeding.

Regional sections of the workforce training organization Michigan works! act as an intermediary between program participants and local businesses.

Local businesses will provide the necessary input into the development of these programs, ensuring that participants develop the knowledge and skills they seek in potential hires.

West Michigan-based training centers that receive grants will partner with Western Michigan Works! to establish these links with the private sector.

“Providing this link between adult learners and local employers dramatically increases the employability and earning potential of Michigan citizens,” Stephanie Beckhorn, director of LEO’s employment and training office, said in a statement. . “This program is helping fill the current talent gap by training workers in the skills Michigan businesses need.”

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