Michigan manufacturers and other industry sectors need workers and job seekers need skills.
Both are getting a boost.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Monday more than $126 million in new grant funding will be awarded to eight states with plans to provide students with an opportunity to develop new skills in high demand areas.
Michigan’s program was awarded more than $17 million.
“America’s workers and entrepreneurs have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and this administration is committed to reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit and helping Americans reenter the workforce as the economy recovers,” said DeVos. “We created this grant competition because we saw the clear need to support lifelong learners who needed a boost to get back on their feet, and I was delighted to see so many states come forward with innovative initiatives and partnerships. By breaking down barriers between education and industry and supporting