According to the New Skills for New Jobs Act by Senator Debbie Stabenow, an employer chooses whom they want to hire for a new job and then partners with a college to provide the necessary training.
The New Skills for New Jobs Act will build upon the funding available through the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJT). According to Amy Koning, Dean of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College, the MNJT program is a partnership between WestMiWorks!, companies and GRCC.
According to the act, the federal government will provide reimbursement to the community college every quarter. Matching the state contribution generated from the new worker’s income tax payments, the federal government will repay the college more quickly and dramatically increase the number of eligible companies and workers that can participate.
Koning stated in an email that through the New Skills for New Jobs act, “there is the possibility of braiding funding meaning the (students) ability to tap into several funding sources,” such as the Grand Rapids Community College Foundations to the Future program.
To date Grand Rapids Community College has trained 2,197 new employees through the Michigan New Jobs Training Program, Koning stated.
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