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We are offering early support to a new organization that aims to improve employment prospects for Upper Peninsula workers through training and other means.

InvestUP, the Upper Peninsula’s regional economic development organization, with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and others, has launched UP Pathways to Employment in Manufacturing.

It actually launched this fall and is open to high school graduates, early-career workers, displaced workers, and others looking for new career opportunities.

Fifty-one percent of program interns must come from low- or middle-income households. Funding for the program has familiar origins, including a regional talent innovation grant and part of a community development block grant – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding allocated at MEDC.

The goal is to help fill just over 300 needed manufacturing positions across UP Access to training will end at the end of next summer.

Northern Michigan University and other UP institutions of higher learning are involved.

Like we said, this is early support, as it’s unclear how successful it will be. Certainly, as a concept, it makes a lot of sense, especially at a time when employers are having such a hard time hiring skilled workers.

We wish them good luck in this endeavour.

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