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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- More than one thousand Ottawa County workers will learn new job skills with the help of a state grant.

Ottawa County Michigan Works helped bring $1.3 million into the area, which will go to job training for 24 local employers. The money will pay for training for 1,300 current employees as well as 100 new hires. Within the next six months, 300 additional hires will also receiving training. Ottawa County Michigan Works say there's a lot of pent up demand for employers to find qualified workers.

"Most of them had went ahead and hired individuals because they needed the bodies, but they didn't necessarily have the skill set the employer needed so these grant dollars came at a great time for them to upscale those individuals they recently hired," says Angie Barksdale, with Ottawa County Michigan Works.

The job training covers a variety of skills including, computer software, manufacturing, and engineering. The program distributed a total of $8.2 million across the state.