Michigan Department of Career Development Announces $10 Million Business Opportunities Demonstration Grant Initiative

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan Department of Career Development

    LANSING, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Department of Career
 Development (MDCD) today announced its new, flexible $10 million Business
 Opportunities Demonstration Grant initiative, and said it's seeking innovative
 proposals from community colleges to demonstrate unique partnerships between
 education and business.
     "The purpose of this initiative is to simultaneously work to strengthen
 businesses while addressing the educational and economic needs of the
 community," said Dr. Barbara Bolin, MDCD director.  Other public postsecondary
 institutions that offer certificate and associate degree technical programs
 also are eligible to apply for and receive funding under this grant offer.
     "Nearly 90 percent of all new jobs in Michigan continue to be generated by
 businesses already located in the state," Dr. Bolin said.  "Therefore,
 maintaining a healthy and diverse business base is critical to a healthy
 economy.  The Department of Career Development has deliberately left the
 guidelines for this initiative flexible in order to provide applicants the
 liberty to design the programs they feel are needed in their local
 communities.  We want to encourage innovative ideas in working with the
 business community."
     Business Opportunities Demonstration Grants are expected to range in
 amount up to approximately $300,000.  However, applicants may apply for larger
 amounts if there is adequate justification provided.  Applicants also should
 identify specific outcomes that can be measured during the course of the
 grant.
     Applications for funding will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  The
 Department of Career Development plans to award grants until the $10 million
 has been exhausted.  An application for a Business Opportunities Demonstration
 Grant can be downloaded from the RFP (Requests for Proposals) Listings link at
 the MDCD Web site, www.MDCD.org .
     The Michigan Department of Career Development helps workers find jobs and
 employers recruit and train skilled workers.  To this end, the state's new
 career and training development agency is working with K-12 schools, community
 colleges and local Workforce Development Boards toward the establishment of a
 comprehensive career development system.  For more information, visit the
 Department's Web site at www.MDCD.org .
 
 

SOURCE Michigan Department of Career Development
    LANSING, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Department of Career
 Development (MDCD) today announced its new, flexible $10 million Business
 Opportunities Demonstration Grant initiative, and said it's seeking innovative
 proposals from community colleges to demonstrate unique partnerships between
 education and business.
     "The purpose of this initiative is to simultaneously work to strengthen
 businesses while addressing the educational and economic needs of the
 community," said Dr. Barbara Bolin, MDCD director.  Other public postsecondary
 institutions that offer certificate and associate degree technical programs
 also are eligible to apply for and receive funding under this grant offer.
     "Nearly 90 percent of all new jobs in Michigan continue to be generated by
 businesses already located in the state," Dr. Bolin said.  "Therefore,
 maintaining a healthy and diverse business base is critical to a healthy
 economy.  The Department of Career Development has deliberately left the
 guidelines for this initiative flexible in order to provide applicants the
 liberty to design the programs they feel are needed in their local
 communities.  We want to encourage innovative ideas in working with the
 business community."
     Business Opportunities Demonstration Grants are expected to range in
 amount up to approximately $300,000.  However, applicants may apply for larger
 amounts if there is adequate justification provided.  Applicants also should
 identify specific outcomes that can be measured during the course of the
 grant.
     Applications for funding will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  The
 Department of Career Development plans to award grants until the $10 million
 has been exhausted.  An application for a Business Opportunities Demonstration
 Grant can be downloaded from the RFP (Requests for Proposals) Listings link at
 the MDCD Web site, www.MDCD.org .
     The Michigan Department of Career Development helps workers find jobs and
 employers recruit and train skilled workers.  To this end, the state's new
 career and training development agency is working with K-12 schools, community
 colleges and local Workforce Development Boards toward the establishment of a
 comprehensive career development system.  For more information, visit the
 Department's Web site at www.MDCD.org .
 
 SOURCE  Michigan Department of Career Development