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State awards nine workforce grants

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Workforce grants

Four supporting West Michigan technical education programs.

Monday, Governor Whitmer signed legislation creating the $1 billion Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund financially assisting companies. The state also awarded nine workforce grants. Four of them supporting West Michigan programs.

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity – also known as LEO - is working with employers in need of additional talent. It’s distributing $2 million dollars through nine grants awarded to adult education programs dedicated to career and technical skill workforce development.

West Michigan recipients include Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center, Kent Career Tech Center, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center and Ottawa Area ISD’s Careerline Tech Center.

Michigan Works! Will assist businesses seeking students training in construction trades, healthcare, information technology, machining, robotics and welding.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.