Governor Snyder announced Tuesday $50 million in awards to 18 community colleges across the state as part of the new Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), an effort to build capacity and meet the training demand for good-paying jobs in skilled trades. The funding will enable the community colleges to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to enhance educational programs in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations.
According to Governor Snyder, “this serious investment – one of the largest of its kind in the country – will tap our top-notch community colleges and help new students and adults looking for new opportunities gain the skills sought by companies looking to grow and expand, creating more and better jobs in Michigan.”
“We are excited to receive CCSTEP funds totaling more than $2.6 million dollars,” said Kirtland president, Thomas Quinn. “The Governor’s investment in the skilled trades further strengthens our ability and commitment to prepare students for jobs of the future.
“Our entire region’s economy will benefit from the newest, cutting-edge and high-demand skills our graduates will bring to a wide variety of occupational and skilled trades workforces throughout northern Michigan.”
As a result of the CCSTEP grant award, Kirtland’s Automotive Technology, Composite Materials, Criminal Justice, Electrical, Health Science, HVAC, Machining, Mechatronics and Welding programs will be adding new equipment and training materials to enhance the already strong occupational and skill trades training.
Kirtland’s Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program award:
KIRTLAND MATCH $887,786.00
To see the State’s full release visit http://1.usa.gov/1DuFYAW.