Receives MEDC Grants
has received three job-training grants that will total more
than $270,000. Two are funded by the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation (MEDC) and one is supported by Michigan Works!
The Job Force.
Education) said the largest is an MEDC consortium training
grant worth more than $142,000.
will be used to conduct upgrade training for existing employees
at companies that range from Louisiana-Pacific in Newberry
to Cliffs Michigan Mining – the Tilden and Empire mines –
to Smurfit-Stone in Ontonagon,” he added.
second MEDC grant of $45,000 will be used to conduct training
for new employees at B3PC, the computer manufacturing company
at Sawyer. An additional $50,000 will be added to the B3PC
grant in October to fund training for employees hired after
said Michigan Works! has contributed about $33,000 for upgrade
training specifically designed for mining workers.
Partners in Line Tech Program
will provide certification for the electrical line technician
program offered by the Lake Superior Community Partnership
two-semester program prepares students to install and maintain
above-ground and underground electrical systems that supply
energy to residential and commercial customers.
are certified for employment with public utilities, electrical
transmission contractors and related companies.
is a nationwide shortage of qualified workers in this field,
which is creating a high demand for certified line technicians,”
said Bill Rigby (TAS, pictured).