LANSING, MI (AP) – Eighteen Michigan community colleges are receiving $50 million to train students for careers in the skilled trades.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced grants to help the schools buy machines and other tools. The colleges must provide a 25 percent match to qualify.
Lansing Community College is getting the maximum $4.8 million allotment for manufacturing, welding, electrical, information technology and other programs.
Snyder announced the $50 million in funding last fall. He says it’s an attempt to help companies fill jobs for which there aren’t enough qualified applicants.
As Michigan’s skilled tradesmen get older, the state is putting a renewed emphasis on training welders, machinists, electricians and other blue-collar workers.