Michigan House approves Rep. Afendoulis plan to continue key job training programs

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The Michigan House today approved a plan from state Rep. Chris Afendoulis to provide quality jobs across the state by preserving an important skills training partnership.

Afendoulis’ plan will continue to power key partnerships between employers and community colleges by extending a key funding mechanism for the Michigan New Jobs Training Program through 2023.

“Through this program, our community colleges and job providers work together to offer opportunities for new and exciting careers across Michigan,” said Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township. “Our economy improves as critical labor shortages are addressed, and so does the quality of life for workers who learn new skills and get better jobs through this important training. It’s a ‘win’ for west Michigan and our entire state.”

The program allows community colleges to enter into partnerships with job providers to train new workers for highly skilled, competitive occupations. The legislation from Afendoulis will allow community colleges to continue issuing new revenue bonds to help finance the program.

Under current state law, the authorization to issue new bonds expires at the end of this year. The new plan extends the authorization through 2023 – mirroring the current sunset date for the program as a whole.

The New Jobs Training Program has included nearly 200 community college-employer partnerships over the past decade, including 145 in operation at the end of 2017. Twenty-one of the state’s 28 community colleges participate in the New Jobs Training Program, helping fill thousands of jobs statewide.

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The legislation is House Bill 5697.