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Job training expanded for Michigan workers

LANSING, Dec. 23, 2008: Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed new legislation that will expand job training opportunities in high demand fields for Michigan workers.  

The two bill package allows a community college to enter into an agreement with an employer to provide training for new jobs.  The job training costs will be paid to the community college from income taxes withheld by employers on the new jobs created; in the same manner the income tax withholding would be paid to the Department of Treasury.

PA 360 (HB 6185) was sponsored by State Representative Richard Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township ); PA 359 (SB 1342), was sponsored by State Senator Mark Jansen (R-Gaines Township ). 

In 2007, Granholm unveiled No Worker Left Behind plan, to help more than 100,000 displaced workers receive training for new jobs over the next three years.  The program provides up to two years free tuition for displaced workers at any Michigan community college or other approved training program to receive needed training in high demand skills. 

In its first 16 months of operation, the program has helped more than 50,000 workers prepare for new careers by enrolling in training.

Granholm also recently announced a new feature on the state website that connects citizens with information on available jobs in their area.  The feature – www.michigan.gov/jobs – provides job seekers with vital career information and is part of the governor’s continued efforts to stand up for Michigan workers.






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