The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as Skilled Trades Training Fund, makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employers.  The Michigan Workforce Development Agency has announced the winners for the fiscal year 2019.  We are pleased to share that grant funds have been awarded to five companies in St. Clair County, totaling $82,940.       

Training funds awarded are used in is short-term and customized training to meet employee skills requirements for hiring needs and to help close skills gaps for existing employees.  Training must lead to a credential or skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry.   The Going PRO Talent fund ensures that Michigan’s employers have the talent they need to compete and grow and individuals have the skills they need for in-demand jobs.    

Below is a list of St. Clair county grant recipients for the 2019 fiscal year.

Blue Water Controls      Clyde                                     $5,184
Brenner Electric            Marine City                           $12,000                             
Britt Manufacturing        Port Huron                           $35,766
Centracore                    St. Clair                                $16,490
Cogent Hex                   Port Huron                           $13,500

“Each year, the EDA and our workforce development partners encourage companies to apply for Going PRO Talent Fund grant program.  Working jointly with our partners, we’ve offered informational sessions over the past several years to help educate our companies about this grant opportunity.   This year’s awards will provide industry-recognized training for 60 St. Clair County residents, benefiting their companies and their own personal career development,” said Dan Casey, CEO of the EDA of St. Clair County.   

The Economic Development Alliance works closely with Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! and regional educational partners to align training and industry needs and make sure our companies are aware of workforce talent resources, training and funding opportunities.

About EDA of St. Clair County
The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County is a private non-profit organization that provides general purpose economic development services throughout St. Clair County.  EDA offers a wide variety of services involving business recruitment and business retention and expansion with the overall goal of growing the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents in St. Clair County.  The EDA of St. Clair County is supported by a membership of over 150 businesses from the private & public sector passionate about supporting community and economic development.