Lisa RollinMichigan New Jobs Training Program

By: Lisa Rollin, Grant Coordinator

Is your business expanding in Michigan? You may be able to receive financial assistance for customized training of your new employees through the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. This unique economic incentive allows businesses to partner with Northwestern Michigan College to develop a training program that produces the highly trained employees that can increase your competitive edge.

Well-educated and highly trained employees are critical to compete in today’s increasingly competitive global market. A skilled workforce can increase your company’s competitive edge through higher productivity and improved morale.

Michael Hansen, President of the Michigan Community College Association indicates, “The Michigan New Jobs Training Program is a valuable tool for employers to obtain the highly skilled and trained workers they need to be successful. This unique collaboration between our community colleges and businesses expanding or coming to Michigan will be a cornerstone of this state’s economic revitalization.”

Designed as an economic development tool, the Michigan New Jobs Training Program allows community colleges to provide training for employers that are creating new jobs and/or expanding operations in Michigan.

The training for the newly hired worker or promoted employee is paid by capturing the state income tax associated with the employees' wages essentially providing training at little to no cost to the employer. This is a local program; individual community colleges work directly with employers and local economic development to support job creation. There are no restrictions by industry or employer size.

To qualify, the number of jobs a company has on its payroll in Michigan under a specific EIN at the time of enrollment must be greater than, or equal to, the number of jobs it had on its payroll in Michigan in the last 12 months. In addition, the "new jobs" being created must meet the following criteria:

  • The jobs are full-time, in a new, existing, or expanding business of the employer.
  • The jobs are not of recalled workers, replacement jobs, or any other job that existed in the employer’s business within the one-year period preceding the date of an agreement.
  • The jobs are new jobs that pay at least 175 percent of the minimum wage, or currently $14.26 per hour.
  • The jobs result in a net increase in employment in Michigan for the employer.

Electro-Optics Technology Inc. (EOT) of Traverse City was the first company in this area to participate in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. Since receiving their award in 2010, they have hired 26 qualifying positions. Many people have received training in topics such as: Lean Implementation, Leadership Skills, Hoshin Planning, Photonics, and Optics. Katie Corona, EOT’s Human Resource Manager, is pleased with the program and indicated, “The MNJTP program allows us the flexibility for the types of education and training necessary to assist our employees in acquiring basic skill sets, as well as more highly developed skill sets. We work closely with, and appreciate, our partners at Northwestern Michigan College, as they assist us with our education and training needs so that we may continue to grow and prosper.”

In addition to EOT, 21 manufacturers and service industries have received funding through the MNJTP. Training dollars brought to this region are just shy of $2,000,000. In addition, estimates of 423 high-wage positions will be created in northern Michigan.

If interested in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program, please contact Lisa Rollin at lrollin@nmc.edu or (231) 995-2005.

Lisa Rollin
Grant Coordinator
1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
lrollin@nmc.edu
(231) 995-2005

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