Skilled Trades program awarded $50M

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of  the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program. The initiative will make $50 million available to Michigan community colleges for the purchase of equipment that will allow the colleges to deliver educational programs in high-wage, high- and middle-skill and high-demand occupations.

“The community college funds will assist in the delivery of educational programs, degrees and credentials required for high-wage and high-demand occupations in skilled trades,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Michigan intends to lead our nation in skilled trades training and providing community colleges with funding assistance is a huge step forward in that direction.”

Community colleges can request up to $4.8 million in CCSTEP funds. The request for proposals will be released in November and applications will be due by Jan. 31, 2015. Awards will be announced in February 2015.

Source: MEDC press release

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Delores Jackson

Delores Jackson was Director of Corporate Learning for Oklahoma City Community College for eight years, consulting with business leaders to determine the training and develop needs of their employees, designing the programs, and managing a staff of professional trainers. ...

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