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STTF Awards Announced

Michigan Works! West Central Announces Approval of Nearly $1 Million in Skilled Trades Training Fund Grants

(BIG RAPIDS, MI) – The state has announced  it has awarded nearly $1 million to Michigan Works! West Central to help employers with workforce development. The money was made available through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). Companies applied for the funding through Michigan Works! during the STTF application period in September and October.

“While the state did increase the amount of money awarded this year, we also tripled the number of applications we filed compared to last year,” said Michigan Works! West Central Executive Director Paul Griffith. “We submitted 38 applications, to train or upgrade the skills of 819 employees, including 46 apprenticeships. And of the dollar amount requested, 90% was funded.” he added. “This is just one example of how we work with employers to help with workforce development in our local communities.”

A total of 32 companies in Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties, received $922,416 in grants to train 778 employees. 

Companies that weren’t initially approved have been placed on a waiting list and may be awarded funds as monies become available. This is the 5th year of the program which was implemented by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013 and administered by the state Talent Investment Agency. For a list of companies that received funding in Lake, Mason and Oceana counties click here. For a list of companies in Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties click here.