State approves $50M for skilled tradespeople


Skill-building programs, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Muskegon Community College, are designed to develop the region’s workforce. Photo via

LANSING — Michigan is planning to spend $50 million to help community colleges across the state meet demand for workers in the skilled trades.

Gov. Rick Snyder said today that the state's 28 community colleges have good training programs to fill in-demand jobs, such as welders and technicians, but their expensive equipment tends to be dated.

Snyder said action is needed, because the gap is growing between available jobs and workers to fill them.

The Michigan Strategic Fund Board is authorizing the new $50-million Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program.

A community college can apply for up to $4.8 million if it commits to come up with a 25-percent match. The state will give additional consideration to colleges that collaborate with local school districts and show that businesses are looking to hire.

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