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Michigan Works! Southeast Receives $2.3+ Million to Help Area Businesses

Going Pro in Michigan

Thursday, December 26, 2018

News Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Contact:  Nicole Bell, Communications Manager | Michigan Works! Southeast |(517) 937-5378 | nbell@mwse.org


Michigan Works! Southeast Receives $2.3+ Million to Help Area Businesses


SOUTHEAST, MI., December 26, 2018 | Michigan Works! Southeast will receive more than $2.3+ million from the Michigan Talent Investment agency to train workers at 67 companies in the region.  Collectively, the 67 companies will train 1,845 employees, which includes 265 new hires and 222 United States Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships.


The grant awards are part of the state’s Going PRO Talent Fund (formerly STTF), which is now in its sixth year.  The Fund provides competitive awards for training that enhances talent, productivity and employee retention while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses. It ensures that employers have the talent they need to compete and grow nationally and globally, and that people have the in-demand skills they need for good jobs.


“We are pleased that our business services team was able to help so many companies apply for and receive the grant funds,” said William Sleight, Director of Michigan Works! Southeast.  “The training will help workers gain new skills so that the companies can thrive in today’s global market,” he said.


Jim Coutu, Business Services Manager for Michigan Works! Southeast says that staff will be working closely with these companies in the next few months to ensure that the companies achieve their training goals. “These grants help both new and existing employees at these companies gain the skills they need to be perform their jobs effectively,” Coutu said.  “We are excited to help increase the number of registered apprenticeships in our region through this grant,” said Coutu.


This collaboration was made possible through our valued partnerships with our local economic developers Ann Arbor SPARK, Hillsdale Economic Development Partnership, The Enterprise Group of Jackson and Lenawee NOW.


Michigan Works! Southeast engages employers and job seekers in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties to develop today’s workforce and tomorrow’s economy.  The agency is part of the statewide Michigan Works! System.  The complete list of awards to Michigan Works! Southeast is attached.