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Michigan Economic Development Corporation launches new career training program

LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has launched a program that aims to address the talent gap between businesses and job seekers. It's common to hear companies complain that they're not filling open positions because they can't find applicants with the needed skills, so the MEDC's Michael Finney says the Career Jump Start program has been launched to deal with that.

Through Career Jump Start, ten career liaison specialists will be stationed at community colleges across Michigan to act as a conduit between businesses and high school students. The idea is to anticipate what skills workers will need to have after getting out of school so that students know what to study if they want to get a decent job. It's primarily aimed at the students not interested in pursuing a four year degree, and will instead be aiming for some kind of skilled trade.

Career Jump Start was launched last week at Henry Ford Community College, which is in Dearborn.