State funding to benefit 36 businesses, 1,000+ workers
Kinexus announced Wednesday it secured a $1.2 million grant from the state to help train Southwest Michigan’s work force. The Benton Harbor-based nonprofit organization received money from the Skilled Trades Training Fund to help 36 businesses and employers through training grants. The money will supplement the costs for returning and new workers to upgrade their skills in machining, mold making, computer programming, welding and health care-related trainings.
“The Michigan Skilled Trade Training grant is a critical tool for building a skilled work force in industries that drive our state and local economy,” Kinexus CEO Todd Gustafson said in a news release. “This grant will help 36 local employers up skill 1,061 people, helping businesses grow and prosper in Southwest Michigan.”
Kinexus works with businesses and their staffs while promoting economic vitality in Southwest Michigan. The majority of the businesses that will benefit from the grant are manufacturers.