MCC receives MiLEAP funds to support training opportunities for local job seekers

FLINT — Mott Community College is one of ten colleges and organizations to receive a Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program (MiLEAP) grant.

The grants, totaling more than $15.6 million, are an economic jump-start designed to help get Michigan back to work. The program is an initiative of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).

The 10 groups receiving funds will work as Regional Consortia to support individuals who are dislocated, underemployed, serving as essential workers, living in distressed rural and urban communities or economically disadvantaged.

“We are thrilled to be chosen to receive the MiLEAP grant at Mott Community College,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “Our Workforce and Economic Development division has the experience and expertise to implement customized training programs that will give people the skills to prepare for good-paying, high-skill jobs. We are committed to helping people get back on their feet and take the next step on their path to financial security,” she added.

MiLEAP funds will assist job seekers in transitioning from education and training programs to high-skill, high-wage careers, resulting in industry-recognized credential attainment and reduced educational debt.

In all, the $15.6 million investment will allow the 10 awardees to serve an estimated 5,069 participants. The 10 grant recipients include regional consortia led by:

1. MiLEAP Region 6 Consortium (Mott Community College and GST Michigan Works!) (600 participants, $1,799,758);

2. Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! (estimated 450 participants, $1,695,000);

3. Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (556 participants, $1,998,200);

4. Networks Northwest dba Northwest Michigan Works! (375 participants, $1,109,966);

5. West Michigan Works! (667 participants, $2,000,000);

6. Oakland County Michigan Works! (667 participants, $2,000,000);

7. Berrien-Cass-Van Buren Michigan Works! (670 participants, $2,000,000);

8. Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Southwest Partnership (444 participants, $1,128,157);

9. Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium (460 participants, $1,375,000); and

10. Michigan Works! West Central (180 participants, $540,000).

The MiLEAP Region 6 Consortium (MR6C), led by Mott Community College and GST Michigan Works! will serve 600 participants, over a two-year period, and has been awarded $1,799,758. MR6C participants will work with Career Navigators and a Job Development Navigator to assist in assessing and overcoming barriers, developing financial management plans, identifying resources, providing guidance and support, and creating individual self-sufficiency plans to prepare for future emergencies.

MiLEAP brings a mix of economic development, education, non-profit and business partners together to ensure the customized programs developed will meet the unique needs of the over 5,000 program participants.

Grant funds will also support the creation of MiLEAP Navigators who will provide job seekers direct assistance in assessing and overcoming barriers, identifying resources and providing guidance and support. MiLEAP participants will receive individualized competency-based assessments and learning plans that include skills assessments, remote learning opportunities, high school and industry recognized credential attainment and contextual learning opportunities.

Funding for MiLEAP was provided through a Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant recipients, who were selected through a Request for Proposal process that concluded in May 2021, will perform work through September 2023.

MiLEAP aligns with Michigan’s Sixty by 30 goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree to 60 percent by 2030.

More information about MiLEAP is available at Michigan.gov/MiLEAP.