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CAMW! 'Going PRO' Why Does Our Region Need the Going PRO Talent Fund?

Michigan Business Beat
December 17, 2019 8:00 AM

Edythe Ann CopelandEdythe Copeland, CEO, CAMW! Capital Area Michigan Works!, Lansing, MI, serving Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties joins Chris Holman in the studio to discuss CAMW!'s December topic: Going PRO.

To hear Edee and Chris discuss this topic, please click play on the PodCast below!

In this discussion, here's much of what they cover:

Why does our region need the Going PRO talent fund?

The Going PRO Talent Fund, previously the Skilled Trades Talent Fund, provides competitive awards for training that enhance talent, productivity and employment retention while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s employers. 

Has Going PRO influenced employer success?

Last year, 35 Lansing-area businesses received more than $1.5 million through the fund, using the grants for classroom and customized training, on-the-job training and U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeships. This year, CAMW! has secured $1.8 million in Going PRO Funds for local businesses. 

How big of an impact will the talent fund have this year?

This year, 81 applications were submitted on behalf of the capital region. We anticipate the funds given will lead to 2,589 workers getting trained and 170 first-year apprentices.  

What industries will see a positive impact from Going PRO next year?

Based on the recent Going PRO Talent Fund applications CAMW! has reviewed, several companies in the manufacturing sector have significant growth plans for the upcoming year, so we expect to see a great deal of effort put forth there. Additionally, many businesses in STEM-related fields, such as health care, will see a positive impact as well. 

Are there any local businesses the general public might recognize that have received funds this year?

Sparrow has received Skilled Trades Training Fund/Going PRO Talent Fund awards for the past three years, providing the area with 50 new hires and a combined 21 medical assistant apprentices. For 2019, Sparrow received $109,500 in Going PRO Talent funding and invested $245,090 to train 61 workers. 

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