West Michigan Workforce Training Programs Receive State Grants

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Three training programs in Ottawa and Allegan counties have received dollars from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Workforce Training Center Equipment Grant Program.

The grant program, administered locally by Lakeshore Advantage, awarded $49,875 to the Lakeshore campus of Grand Rapids Community College in Holland, as well as $30,400 to the Allegan County Area Technical Education Center and $49,875 at ISD’s Thompson M-TEC Center in the Ottawa region.

“Our training providers are educational catalysts for the continued development of our local workforce,” said Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage, in a press release.

“As waterfront businesses continue to grow and expand, the need for a skilled workforce becomes more pressing. The Michigan Workforce TEC Grant Program helps ensure our training providers have the right equipment to help workers and students acquire the credentials and skills needed to succeed in the marketplace. of today.

At the Allegan County Area Technical Training Center, which has 19 technical training programs, the funds will cover the cost of training equipment for students working in ECG and patient care technology certifications .

“The huge cash donation will enable our students to enhance their learning to earn an industry-recognized degree,” Rich Okoniewski, director and principal of the center, said in a statement.

The GRCC will use its award to purchase equipment for advanced automation training.

“The GRCC appreciates our collaboration with Lakeshore Advantage, Holland area employers and the MEDC to give local residents the opportunity to learn the skills they need for today and the future,” Julie Parks, executive director of manpower training for the college.

“Industry 4.0 adoption is strong in this region, and this additional equipment is another element that allows GRCC to ensure the workforce is ready to produce products that make Michigan a leader. of manufacturing.”

Finally, Ottawa ISD’s Thompson M-TEC service will use its funding to purchase training equipment for its West Olive campus for students seeking certification in robotic welding.

“We are honored to receive this grant from Lakeshore Advantage and excited to add two FANUC/Miller robotic welding cells and expand our Industry 4.0 training options for businesses and students in Ottawa County and beyond” , Tonia Castillo, director of adult education and career services for Thompson M-TEC, said in a press release.

Statewide, $3 million has been distributed to workforce training centers through the MEDC grant program, according to Lakeshore Advantage.

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