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Capital Area Michigan Works! invests over $1.5 million into training for local businesses

Posted at 11:26 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 11:26:21-04

LANSING, Mich. — Capital Area Michigan Works! and the State of Michigan Talent Investment Agency invested $1,565,183 in local businesses. The funds were allocated through the Going Pro Talent Fund (GPTF) awards throughout 2019 to address the need for enhanced training and talent.

The Business Services Team at Capital Area Michigan Works! worked with 40 employers in the region to submit 66 applications for this year’s GPTF funding, and 39 of those applications were approved.

The GPTF is a partnership formed in 2013 to address the need for funding to provide additional training opportunities. This partnership includes the Workforce Development Agency within the Talent Investment Agency, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Works! agencies, employers, and community colleges and training programs in Michigan.

The goal of GPTF is to provide a marketable skill or recognized credential for individuals receiving training so participating businesses and employees are able to compete, expand and make a positive contribution to their local and state economies.

“Michigan’s economy is growing, and so is the need for enhanced training and talent,” said Edythe Copeland, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works! “The GPTF awards help businesses invest in this training and talent development.”

These GPTF funds allowed 1,485 individuals to receive training, resulting in seven newly registered apprentices with the United States Department of Labor. An average of $1,161.11 will be spent on each trainee, with hourly wages averaging $23.53. Each company contributed an average of $149,974 in additional funding.

Capital Area Michigan Works!, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, connects with businesses to develop recruiting and retention strategies and strengthens the local workforce by enhancing education and career opportunities for job seekers. Learn more at

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