Senator Stabenow unveils initiative to help train skilled workers
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) projects.washingtonpost.com
Caroline MacGregor September 4, 2013 | WGVU Senator
Debbie Stabenow’s New Skills for New Jobs Act
is designed to help community colleges partner with local businesses to train workers for new high-skilled jobs.
announcement at Grand Rapids Community College’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, the
Senator said her bill includes a federal match to double the number of workers
and businesses that can participate in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.
community college will be reimbursed with federal dollars each quarter. By
matching the state contribution generated from the new worker’s income tax
payments, the college will be compensated faster, increasing the number of
eligible companies and workers.
The overall hope
is that other states will follow Michigan’s lead and develop similar job
training programs to help create jobs across the country.
"When I ask employers what it is you need, the very first thing I hear is - a skilled workforce - we're creating jobs but we can't find the people to fill the jobs. The jobs are changing and we need to match up the jobs with the skills of individuals."
Senator Stabenow says The New Skills for New Jobs Act will leverage successful job
training partnerships between community colleges and local businesses to close
the skills gap to help workers find good jobs sooner.
Community College has received almost $30 million in Michigan New Jobs Training
program funding to train more than 45 hundred workers at 10 companies. The
program has proven successful: in Michigan, 44 local partnerships have resulted in the training of nearly 10 thousand workers for high-skill jobs. Last year
alone the partnerships accounted for 76 million in additional wages
and salaries for Michigan workers.
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