In brief

Michigan job growth fueled by apprenticeships

MICHIGAN – More than one-third of Michigan’s job growth will be through apprenticeships over the next five years, said United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, in an online post Last week, Governor Rick Snyder welcomed United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to West Michigan to see how the state is connecting employers with educators and showing students the careers available to them at a young age. Michigan is a strong leader in apprenticeships, with the 8th most in the nation. Gov. Snyder and Sec. Acosta visited Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where they are holding orientation for more than 150 new employees each week. They toured Grand Rapids Community College and Mercy Health to check out innovative job training programs. In Battle Creek, they checked out advanced manufacturing at Bleistahl and ROsler. Acosta told Snyder that he was impressed by Michigan’s leadership in job growth and its proactive approach to our future talent needs. —R.S.

Retirement planning seminar set

GRAND BLANC — Barnett Financial and Tax will conduct a seminar on Retirement Planning for Success.

The seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Genesys Banquet & Conference Center, 805 Health Park Blvd.

Participants should arrive by 6:15 p.m. The program last about one hour and 15 minutes.

To register, visit or call 810-695-7510. – L.R.

AMI Skilled Trades Training Center open house and ribbon cutting

FLINT TWP– Automation Movers International (AMI), 4110 Market Place, is opening a skilled trades training center in Genesee County. An Open House/Ribbon Cutting will be held from 10 am. to noon, on September 13. Founded in 2009 by Stephen Tondu, AMI is a full service mechanical integration company specializing in the seamless installation, movement and repositioning of complex production and automation equipment. Its unique-to-the-industry, in-house training program ensures that its employees remain up-to-date in their chosen fields. Based on years of on-site project experience, AMI is now offering that level of training to automotive industry-related companies AMI currently has 175 contract employees and draws locally from a Michigan based talent pool of skilled trade employees. A sister company, AMI Contracting, works with Automation Movers International to supply critical skilled manpower needs. AMI Contracting recruits for other companies. Find out more at

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