Local Businesses Receive More Than $690,000 for Employee Training
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Thirty Grand Traverse area businesses have received grants totaling more than $690,000 from Michigan’s Going Pro Talent Fund (formerly the STTF) for the 2019 fiscal year. The grants, applied for through Northwest Michigan Works!, will help the companies train new and incumbent workers in a variety of skills.
Grants included $27,499 for Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Grawn. Cherryland says the grant will assist with their Lineman Apprenticeship program, drone certification, staking engineering and safety training. “As a non-profit, member-owned Cooperative, the funding received from the Going Pro Training Fund allows us to be effective stewards or our members' money while training employees and setting them up for continued success,” said Kerry Kalbfleisch, Director of Human Resources at Cherryland Electric Cooperative.
AlcoTec Wire Corporation in Traverse City received $22,500. AlcoTec says the grant will allow them to greatly enhance their training program. “Thanks to the assistance of Northwest Michigan Works!, AlcoTec was able to develop a strong business case needed to obtain this funding, ensuring that we can maintain and grow our talent and their capabilities through advanced training in the areas of Safety, Quality, and Lean Manufacturing,” said Kimberly Simon, Human Resources Manager at AlcoTec.
Isenhart Electric is Traverse City received $29,059 from the Talent Fund. The company says the grant will allow them to invest more money in training current employees and finding and training new employees.
“As a relatively new business we have strived to keep our overhead costs minimal because overall operating costs can be overwhelming,” said Renée Isenhart, Co-owner of Isenhart Electric. We are appreciative of this grant, as it will allow us to give our employee’s the necessary on the job training and also train them in workplace safety.
The Talent Fund provides competitive awards to assist in upskilling, as well as developing and retaining current and new employees through public-private partnerships with employers. Statewide for the 2019 fiscal year, more than $29 million dollars was awarded to 780 employers to train nearly 24,000 employees.
The program is implemented locally by the Michigan Works! organizations which conduct outreach to inform employers of the program. Employers with a need for skill enhancement, including apprenticeship
programs and advance-technology training programs for current employees or individuals to be hired, may be eligible to apply for the grant.
More information about the Going Pro Talent Fund and a full list of the 2019 grant recipients is available at: nwm.org/goingpro.