More training help en route

October 17, 2009
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LANSING — Michigan’s displaced workers caught in the whirlwind of layoffs can still land on their feet in new careers.

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide up to $38 million of national emergency grants in the coming months to fund job training and career support through the state’s No Worker Left Behind initiative.

The grants will aid 13,300 workers from 24 counties, including Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland and Wayne. Among the others are Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, Ingham, Clinton, Eaton and Oceana counties.

No Worker Left Behind provides two years of tuition assistance to unemployed individuals pursuing jobs in “in-demand” fields such as solar manufacturing and health, said Andy Levin, deputy director of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.

The initiative covers $5,000 for one year of training or $10,000 for two at community colleges, universities or approved training programs.

“This is money to put more people into in-demand jobs,” Levin said. “There are many thousands of Michiganders who lack the skills necessary to get jobs in this economy. It will be immensely helpful and we’re greatly appreciative.”

No Worker Left Behind also provides services such as interview preparation.

Sharon Parks, president of the Michigan League for Human Services, said any funds the state can procure are “desperately needed.”

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