Sen. Jansen: GRCC part of first college-employer partnership
LANSING — The first “Michigan New Jobs Training Program” college-employer partnership has been established between Grand Rapids Community College and Energetx Composites of Holland, said Sen. Mark C. Jansen, a sponsor of the plan.
“This is fantastic news and a great step toward bringing new jobs to Michigan,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “This partnership is proof of what can happen when our colleges work with our job providers. I’m glad to see the first partnership involve Grand Rapids Community College.”
Signed into law in 2008, the bipartisan plan allows local community colleges to support workforce training for businesses that offer new jobs for Michigan workers.
“I am very thankful to my counterpart in the House of Representatives for working across the aisle with me. Together we worked on the important legislation that helped make this partnership a reality,” Jansen said.
About 280 new jobs will be supported by the partnership in the next three years. Hiring could begin as early as May. Workers would be trained by the community college while they are on the job at Energetx Composites.
According to its Web site, Energetx Composites was launched in the summer of 2008 and provides the perfect platform for delivering correct solutions to composite manufacturing needs across a wide range of industries including aerospace, green technology, mass transit and renewable energy.
The Michigan New Jobs Training Program allows employers creating jobs to contract with community colleges for specialized training related to those positions.
Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010
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