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U.S. Labor Department grants $2.7 million to KCC for training initiative
Kellogg Community College will receive $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to purchase manufacturing equipment and expand training programs as part of anationwide effort to prepare unemployed workers for emerging jobs.The three-year grant to KCC is part of an eight-college, $24.9 million effort in Michiganto support workforce preparation and employer needs in advanced manufacturing. KCCis a member of the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing, which sought thegrant on behalf of eight community colleges around the state.
Statewide, an estimated 2,738 people will be trained through the colleges’ grant
-funded programs. As a result of the funding, KCC expects approximately 400 additional peopleto participate in its workforce development programming, which includes industry- and job-specific training in the fields of welding, machining and other careers.
We at KCC are dedicated to helping local workers get prepared or stay prepared for thenew jobs
being created in our communities,” said Dr. Dennis Bona, president of KCC.“
This grant from the federal government is a major boost to our efforts and we aregrateful to the Department of Labor for recognizing and funding the vital economicsupport that community colleges across the country provide
KCC intends to use its $2.7 million grant over the next three years to replace and upgradeequipment at its Regional Manufacturing Technology Center and pay for a variety of
program expansions operated under the College’s Industrial Trades
and WorkforceSolutions programs which target the growing demand for manufacturing employees.The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targetedtraining programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.Fifty-seven program grants were announced last week that will provide a total of $474.5million to support 190 projects across the country.The planned investment in expanding training and technology is vital to meet increasingemployer demands for skilled workers in the region. In 2013, several new companies andexisting employers have announced new productions or expansions that are expected to bring more than 1,000 new manufacturing employment opportunities to the area over theEric Greene269email@example.com