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Upper Peninsula Workers to Get Improved, Tailored Training
February 6, 2004
Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that the Michigan Department of Labor &
Economic Growth will award a Federal Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker
Program grant totaling $50,000 to the Western Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!,
which serves Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties.
The funds will be used to provide a comprehensive, timely array of re-employment
services tailored to workers' individual needs. Included will be long-term
job preparation for displaced workers who have been laid off, or who have received
notice of layoff and are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation.
"Training Michigan's workforce to be
a powerful, skilled 21st century workforce is a critical part of
my seven-point plan for economic growth," said Granholm. "The grants will help
ensure that potential employees have the skills potential employers need."
"I applaud the efforts of the Granholm
administration to direct these funds to the Western UP and make sure that our
workers are provided with the resources they need to find gainful employment
during this difficult time," said Representative Rich Brown of Bessemer.
The federal Workforce Investment Act, administered through the Michigan
Department of Labor & Economic Growth, makes the grant funds available.
Department of Labor & Economic Growth is the newest department of state
government. It is charged with promoting economic growth, job creation, and
enhancing the quality of life for Michigan citizens. Part of this mission also
includes meeting Michigan's workforce needs to enhance and maintain its economy.
To this end, the state's career and workforce development programs work with
employers, K-12 schools, community colleges, and local Workforce Development
Boards to operate a comprehensive career development system.
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