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Michigan employers, colleges to collaborate on training

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Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed legislation in December that will help Michigan employers work with community colleges to train and develop employees for high-demand positions.

Senate Bill 1342, sponsored by Sen. Mark Jansen, and House Bill 6185, sponsored by Rep. Richard Hammel, will allow community colleges to contract with employers to provide job training. Employers will pay for the training through income taxes withheld on the new jobs created.

The bills, signed into law as Public Acts 359 and 360, will encourage community colleges to tailor job training to meet local employers’ needs.

“We must do everything we can to help our citizens get the training they need for good-paying jobs in this challenging global economy,” Granholm said. “These bills are another part of our plan to ensure that we have a strong workforce that can compete and win in the 21st century.”

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