Economy
10:26 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Stabenow introduces bill to help worker training for new jobs

AUBURN HILLS, MI (AP)--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has unveiled a plan in suburban Detroit designed to boost states' high-skilled job-training programs.  

Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Debbie Stabenow

The Michigan Democrat said Tuesday that the New Skills for New Jobs Act would build on efforts in Michigan and several other states that are helping community colleges work with local businesses to provide worker training.

Stabenow's bill would provide a federal match equal to the state training reimbursement from efforts such as the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. The plan would repay community colleges for the training more quickly and aims to increase the number of eligible companies and workers.

Businesses have said that they are having trouble finding qualified workers for many skilled jobs.

She shared details of the proposal at Oakland Community College's Advanced Technology Center in Auburn Hills.