Gov. Rick Snyder applauds community colleges for helping adults gain in-demand STEM skills

Wayne County, Alpena partnering with employers, federal government

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder offered the following statement on a U.S. Department of Labor announcement that two Michigan community colleges gained approval for new partnerships aimed at providing adults with skills in growing fields.

“Michigan’s community colleges continue to show leadership in providing in-demand skills needed for the jobs of today and for tomorrow. Two state schools are working with the federal government, Michigan employers and state and local agencies to help veterans and other eligible adults gain science, technology, engineering and math skills to meet the demand in growing fields.

“Wayne County Community College District has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for the Wayne County Generation Cyber Project, a program to train dislocated or unemployed veterans and other eligible workers with skills related the field of cyber security. Students also will receive career guidance and support as well as the specialized training.

“Alpena Community College has been approved for a $2.5 million, four-year project to help up to 300 unemployed or under-employed adults in Northeast Michigan with training to gain in skills to work in aerospace, cybersecurity, green energy/smart grid technology and advanced manufacturing.

“Programs such as these are vital as we work to close the skills gap and help Michiganders meet the demand for good-paying jobs that are available now and into the future. Both schools are partnering with employers and state and local agencies -- Michiganders pulling together and working toward our continuing comeback.”