The House Appropriations Committee today approved a plan from state Rep. Chris Afendoulis to provide good jobs across Michigan by preserving key partnerships between employers and community colleges.
Afendoulis’ plan extends a key financing mechanism for the Michigan New Jobs Training Program through 2023. The program allows community colleges and employers to work together to fill important jobs, providing employment for students and program graduates.
“These crucial partnerships help people develop the skills they need to get good jobs, and help employers address critical shortages,” said Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, who serves on the Appropriations Committee. “This program helps the economy in west Michigan and across the state, and we must ensure it continues.”
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.
The program allows community colleges to enter into partnerships with job providers to train new workers for highly skilled, competitive occupations. The new 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.
“This program allows students to build a better future for themselves and their families,” Afendoulis said. “It’s a great example of how educators and job providers work together to improve their communities.”
The legislation is House Bill 5697.