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Capital Area Michigan Works! invests $3.4 million into training for local businesses

Wednesday, March 14, 2018  
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Capital Area Michigan Works! and the State of Michigan Talent Investment Agency are investing $3,485,709 in Greater Lansing businesses. The dollars are Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) awards for 2018 to address the need for enhanced training and talent.


The Business Services Team at Capital Area Michigan Works! worked with 54 employers in the region to submit 110 applications for this year’s STTF funding, and 102 of those applications were approved.


The STTF is a partnership formed in 2013 to address the need for funding to provide additional training opportunities. This partnership includes the Workforce Development Agency within the Talent Investment Agency, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Works! agencies, employers, and community colleges and training programs in Michigan.


The goal of STTF is to provide a marketable skill or recognized credential for individuals receiving training so participating businesses and employees are able to compete, expand and make a positive contribution to their local and state economies.


“Michigan’s economy is growing, and so is the need for enhanced training and talent,” said Edythe Hatter-Williams, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! “The STTF awards help businesses invest in this training and talent development.”


These STTF funds will allow 3,819 individuals to receive training, resulting in more than 472 newly registered apprentices with the United States Department of Labor. An average of $1,142 will be spent on each trainee, with hourly wages averaging $24.86. Each company leveraged an average of $166,565 in additional funding.


Capital Area Michigan Works!, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, connects with businesses to develop recruiting and retention strategies and strengthens the local workforce by enhancing education and career opportunities for job seekers. Learn more at

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