Going PRO helps fund training in Western U.P.

What's happening: Businesses in Houghton and Gogebic counties will receive extra help to provide local workers with extra training for high-skill, high-wage careers. Businesses will be able to secure in-demand talent with local workers; locals will be able to grow into more lucrative careers.

How is it funded: The funding is part of a $13.5 million grant program called the Going PRO Talent Fund. Roughly 300 businesses statewide were assisted in the fiscal year 2023, with Houghton and Gogebic Counties receiving almost $90,000. The grant fund is operated through the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. 

What they're saying: “I’m very proud to announce these awards that will help many hardworking Yoopers,” said state Rep. Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock). “The Going PRO grants invest in Michiganders – our state’s most vital asset. We must continue to support our residents and help them gain the skills necessary to build and maintain a prosperous, happy life here in Michigan.” 

What's next: Local employers will be able to coordinate with Michigan Works! in the area, specifically the Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! in Houghton and Gogebic counties.
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