IN THIS ISSUE:

No Worker Left Behind Year One Anniversary

The Big News in NWLB Year Two: Green Jobs

The Joe Houle Story

The NWLB Anniversary Road Show

The Funding Picture

 





 



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No Worker Left Behind News

July 25, 2008


No Worker Left Behind Year One Anniversary

Today in Traverse City, on board the training ship State of Michigan at Northwestern Michigan College, Governor Granholm will celebrate the first anniversary of her landmark No Worker Left Behind initiative. She’ll mark this milestone with stories of individual success, while pointing the spotlight on the winning NWLB strategy for putting people to work in high demand jobs at a family-sustaining wage. The Governor will thank the state’s community college presidents, Michigan Works! Agencies, and the hundreds of business, education, and labor leaders who have helped make NWLB the road to a new job and a better life for thousands of Michigan workers.

 


The Big News in NWLB Year Two: Green Jobs

We’re breaking new ground in year two of NWLB, with an innovative new initiative to grow green sector jobs in Michigan. At her Traverse City press conference this afternoon, Governor Granholm will announce the Green Jobs Initiative – a $6 million investment in training for jobs in alternative energy industries including wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal and other green industries. The Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) will partner with community colleges, entrepreneurs and employers to create the training programs employers need to help green companies succeed in Michigan.

The new green jobs website, www.michigan.gov/greenjobs, will serve as a clearinghouse for information on internships, jobs, and training opportunities. The site will also facilitate collaboration between businesses, educational institutions, and government, linking research in renewable energy and conservation with development of education and training programs for current and future jobs.

Watch TV coverage of the Governor’s Traverse City event on your local NBC and CBS affiliates, and look for an Associated Press story in major newspapers around the state.

 


The Joe Houle Story

I want to share with you the powerful story of one man’s life-changing decision to go back to school and start an exciting new career, thanks to NWLB.

Joe Houle spent 12 years working at a factory in Petoskey when he learned his plant was closing. Within days, Michigan Works! visited the factory to explain the retraining opportunities the state of Michigan offers. Joe went home to his wife and kids to consider his options. He could join his co-workers who were busy looking for another factory job, or he could go back to school and pursue a long-ago dream of a career in law enforcement. With the support of his family, Joe says he “took the road less traveled” and enrolled at Lake Superior State College in Sault Ste. Marie. Joe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and finished his training at the Police Academy on June 26. Not long after, the Cheboygan County Sheriff Department hired Joe as a Marine Parole Deputy.

Joe will stand at the Governor’s side today, representing the thousands of students and graduates from all over our state who, like Joe, made the life-changing decision to better their lives with the help of NWLB.

 


The NWLB Anniversary Road Show

Over the next few weeks, the Governor will be traveling the state, stopping at community colleges, training facilities, and cutting-edge businesses, meeting students and NWLB-trained workers to tell the NWLB story in cities all over Michigan.


And there’s plenty of good news to tell. Since it was launched in August 2007, 31,000 people have entered NWLB-funded training for jobs Michigan’s employers have to offer. We’re right on target to meet the Governor’s goal of training 100,000 people in three years, and fortunately, we’re now in good shape to do just that.

 


The Funding Picture

NWLB is on a roll and picking up speed as we enter year two. The money we need to train Michigan’s workers for the good jobs of today and tomorrow has not been easy to find, but we’ve made significant progress. We’re ready to put these funds to good use, eliminating waiting lists around the state, and serving a second wave of Michiganders looking for a brighter future for themselves and their families.

  • NWLB and Michigan’s Workforce Big Winners in Budget Deal
    Last week Governor Granholm signed the FY09 spending bill that earmarks $20 million for DLEG workforce training programs. Led by the tireless effort of Rep. Richard Hammel and Sen. Mark Jansen, the legislature voted to support NWLB to the tune of $15 million total, with up to $2.5 million directed toward building capacity at Michigan’s community colleges, and up to $2.5 million for adult education. The Nursing Corps Program will produce 90 new faculty who will then be able to educate 3,700 more new nurses each year in Michigan beginning in 2010.

  • US Department of Labor Awards Michigan $6.6 Million for Displaced Workers
    In June, the US Department of Labor (USDOL) awarded Michigan $6.6 million, with an initial release of $2,475,000, for assistance to workers who have lost their jobs as the downsizing of our auto industry has sent shock waves across our state economy. The grant is the one of the largest National Emergency Grants awarded in program year 2007 that wasn’t linked to a natural disaster. With the support of the entire Michigan Congressional delegation, DLEG requested the dollars in February to help train Michigan auto industry workers for new high-skill, high-wage jobs. The grant will provide training, assessment and counseling for displaced workers.

  • $2 Million Grant to Train Dislocated Workers for Health Care Industry Jobs
    In July, Michigan received an additional $2 million USDOL grant to train 400 dislocated workers for jobs in the health care industry. DLEG requested the funds to expand and replicate a successful demonstration project in Flint that retrains dislocated workers for careers in nursing and other health care positions. The Greater Flint Health Care Coalition designed the original training project that was the basis for DLEG’s winning proposal. The grant will allow DLEG and its partners to expand the Flint project, and replicate the program for adult health care training throughout the mid-Michigan Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) region. The Mid-Michigan WIRED region covers 13 counties: Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Huron, Lapeer, Livingston, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola.

With the start of our second NWLB year and the launch of our Green Jobs Initiative, we’re gearing up to train thousands more Michigan citizens for the good jobs of today and tomorrow.

 

Best Regards,

Andy Levin, Deputy Director
Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth

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