There has never been a better time to launch a new career in Macomb County.
Whether it’s becoming a nursing assistant, a truck driver, or a robot programmer and technician, the training needed to get a job in one of these high-demand occupations is offered free of charge to eligible applicants.
The offer comes from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which awarded Macomb County a regional talent innovation grant of $515,000 as well as a $906,000 block grant for community development, CARES Act Funds.
Eligible students will be low-to-moderate income earners who have experienced COVID-related challenges and want to increase their earning potential by earning industry-recognized degrees in a high-demand field.
Courses will be delivered by Macomb Community College and focus on two key areas with multiple accreditation options.
Health training includes:
- Certified practical nurse (AIIC)
- dental assistant
- Laboratory assistant
- Phlebotomy engineering and state-of-the-art technology
State-of-the-art engineering and technology includes:
- Control technician
- industrial maintenance technician
- Robot programmer
- robotics technician
- Class A CDL truck driving
- Marine Maintenance Technician
“We see a large number of vacancies posted every month from great employers looking to hire right here in Macomb County,” Vicky Rowinski, Macomb County’s director of planning and economic development, said in a statement. Press. “So our goal is to help nurture the talent pool and fill those jobs. Additionally, and in part due to COVID-19, our companies now have less capital available to spend on training programs. We therefore encourage our employers to refer otherwise hopeful candidates to the program as well.
The possibility of earning a degree in each of the programs offered ranges from 4 to 17 weeks. Tuition assistance also covers the costs of necessary books, supplies, and/or test fees.
“We are thrilled to partner with Macomb County to provide training that connects our residents with work opportunities and connects businesses with highly skilled employees,” said Donald Ritzenhein, provost and vice president of the unit. learning from Macomb Community College. “These short-term programs provide graduates with a stepping stone into high-demand fields that meet the immediate workforce needs of business and industry in the region while also opening up more career paths for graduates. “
Other project partners include Macomb Community Action, which will securely verify income eligibility, and Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!, which will direct the program to employers and the people it serves.
For more information about the program and access to an app, visit macombgov.org/careertraining.