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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:11

MEDC approves $50 million grant to Michigan community colleges

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The state of Michigan recently approved a grant to aid community colleges in purchasing equipment and training for students studying skilled trades. Approximately $14.3 million of the state’s $50 million grant program, coined the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), was distributed to institutions in West Michigan.

Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Montcalm Community College, Muskegon Community College and West Shore Community College were among the recipients of the grant.

The CCSTEP comes in light of a reported talent shortage by manufacturers in need of skilled workers, according to a statement from the Governor’s Office.

“Manufacturing has created more than 114,500 jobs since 2009 and employers are still searching to fill thousands of available positions,” said Chuck Hadden, President and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association in a statement. “The (CCSTEP) provides Michigan’s next generation the equipment necessary to learn the skills manufacturers need.”

Community colleges were awarded up to $4.8 million in funding if the institution could match 25 percent of the funding for equipment costs, installation, renovation and instructor training.

WEST MICHIGAN CCSTEP GRANT RECIPIENTS:
Grand Rapids Community College – $2,949,928.24
Kalamazoo Valley Community College – $3,575,116.95
Kellogg Community College – $2,107,575.00
Montcalm Community College – $2,829,055.21
Muskegon Community College – $4,105,466.00
West Shore Community College – $423,791.06

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