Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., has signed new legislation that will expand job training opportunities in high-demand fields for Michigan workers. The bills allow the state's community colleges to tailor job training to meet the needs of employers in their regions.
‘We must do everything we can to help our citizens get the training they need for good-paying jobs in this challenging global economy,’ Granholm says. ‘These bills are another part of our plan to ensure that we have a strong workforce that can compete and win in the 21st century.’
The two-bill package will allow a community college to enter into an agreement with an employer to provide training for new jobs. The job training costs will be paid to the community college from income taxes withheld by employers on the new jobs created.
PA 360 (House Bill 6185) was sponsored by State Rep. Richard Hammel, D-Mont.-Morris Township, and PA 359 (Senate Bill 1342) was sponsored by State Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Mont.-Gaines Township.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Jennifer Granholm