Michigan Works! Southeast Receives Over $3+ Million to Help Area Businesses

SOUTHEAST, MI., January 20, 2021 | Michigan Works! Southeast will receive more than $3+ million from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to train workers at 91 companies in the five-county region.  Collectively, the 91 companies will train 1,337 employees, which includes 763 new hires and 299 United States Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships.

The grant awards are part of the state’s Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF).  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.

“I want to thank all of our local businesses for trusting our Business Services Team with assisting them through the GPTF application process,” said Shamar Herron, Director of Michigan Works! Southeast.  “COVID has disrupted how we work, and these trainings will help workers and their companies across our five-county region to thrive in today’s economy” he said.

Tom Robinson, Business Services Manager for Michigan Works! Southeast says the MWSE Business Service team will be working closely with these companies during the next few months to ensure they achieve their training goals. “Going Pro Talent Fund” grant dollars help new and existing employees gain the skills they need to be perform their jobs safely and effectively,” Robinson said.  “We are excited about the number of registered apprenticeships in our region benefiting from this grant,” said Robinson.

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

Michigan Works! Southeast connects employers and job seekers to a better future in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties as part of a statewide Michigan Works! system.



Visit mwse.org/going-pro to view the 2021 award winners.