Gov. Whitmer announces $10 million for labor grant program

The program utilizes grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids to announce Michigan has secured a $10 million grand...
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids to announce Michigan has secured a $10 million grand to expand employment opportunities for Michiganders.(Michigan Executive Office of the Governor)
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 9:46 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 12:02 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Thursday Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids where she announced the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has been awarded a $10 million federal grant to support the state’s registered apprenticeship expansion efforts and increase employment opportunities for Michiganders.

“As we put Michigan back to work, Registered Apprenticeship programs offer on-ramps to high-demand, high-skill careers, and in Michigan, we have committed to expanding these educational opportunities to ensure more Michiganders can get good-paying jobs,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Increasing access to education and training opportunities will help us achieve our 60 by 30 goal to have 60% of Michigan’s adults with post-secondary education or skills training by 2030, improve the quality of life and help Michiganders secure good-paying jobs, and ensure businesses have the workforce they need to succeed and grow our economy.”

Grant funds will be used to create the Michigan Statewide Targeted Apprenticeship Inclusion & Readiness System (MiSTAIRS) a partnership of LEO, the Michigan Works! network, Michigan Career & Technical Institute, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education, and the Access to Apprenticeship Consortium including labor and associated contractors.

MiSTAIRS will focus on those most severely affected by COVID-19 and expand registered apprenticeship opportunities for women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school equivalency diploma or equivalent.

MiSTAIRS will empower more than 1,640 workers to enroll in Registered Apprenticeship programs over a four-year period in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, healthcare, information technology, and mobility – helping to secure Michigan’s short-term economic recovery and long-term success.

Michigan was one of just 15 states to receive a State Apprenticeship Equity, Expansion and Innovation grant award and one of only five states to receive a maximum $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Labor.

State Apprenticeship Expansion and MiSTAIRS coordinate with Michigan’s Sixty by 30 goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree to 60% by 2030.

For more information about Michigan State Apprenticeship Expansion, click HERE.

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