GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/AP) -- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has unveiled a plan designed to boost states' high-skilled job-training programs.
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.
"When I ask employers what it is you need? one of the very first things, if not the first things I hear is skilled work force," says Sen. Stabenow.
Businesses have said that they are having trouble finding qualified workers for many skilled jobs.
She shared details of the proposal Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.