Michigan’s economy is growing at a faster rate than the nation as a whole, resulting in the creation of more than 300,000 private sector jobs and 75,000 manufacturing jobs in Michigan in less than four years.
Unfortunately, thousands of these new jobs statewide and in Southwest Michigan remain unfilled because employers cannot find enough workers with the necessary skills.
That is why I supported legislation recently approved by the Senate to help the state’s community colleges meet the increased need for specific skilled training for workers.
Senate Bill 1074 would remove certain technical restrictions to allow the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP) to expand. The program was established in 2008 to promote job growth and provide skilled training to workers through local community colleges.
It lets community colleges create a training pool through flexible financing mechanisms to support employers who are creating jobs or expanding operations in Michigan.
The Anderson Economic Group reports that the program generated more than $76 million in additional earnings and 2,266 new jobs in 2012. Going forward, the program is projected to annually generate $143 million in additional earnings and more than 4,700 jobs.
The Michigan New Jobs Training Program has proven successful in helping create jobs and train workers for those jobs.
By removing arbitrary restrictions, we can empower local communities to maximize the benefit of this program for area workers and help ensure that we meet the workforce needs of a growing economy.