GRCC and West Michigan Works! earn $9.8 million federal grant to lead coalition focused on helping underserved populations gain skills in in-demand manufacturing fields

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Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works! will lead a coalition of employers, workforce development organizations, educators and community groups to help underserved populations gain in-demand manufacturing skills with a focus on automation and artificial intelligence with help from a $9.8 million U.S. Department of Labor grant.

The One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing project will help people who are unemployed or underemployed gain transformative academic and career skills with enhanced support. The program will build a talented workforce to fill existing job openings and prepare for the future of manufacturing, helping residents and the region as a whole.

GRCC was one of 19 organizations in the nation and two in Michigan to earn grants in the program.

“This grant is one in a series of funding opportunities helping GRCC and our partners get our region back to work — and in this case, the manufacturing community is the beneficiary,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “The number of entities coming together on this project shows how cooperation and collaboration makes our region grow and thrive. West Michigan is strongest when all of its people have access to opportunities. We appreciate the Department of Labor’s support in our efforts.”

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