Michigan New Jobs Training Program

We partner with your business to provide training funds for new employees through the state of Michigan to help strengthen your workforce, your business and your company's bottom line.

Michigan's greatest asset is its strong and talented workforce. Well-trained, highly skilled employees can give you the competitive advantage your company needs to face this ever-changing global economy.

Michigan New Jobs brochure

How does it work?

Eligible employers contact GRCC and submit an application. We will then work with your business to identify your training needs and calculate the needed financial support to fund the training.

The approval process requires you, as the employer, to sign a preliminary agreement. These agreements are used to "set the clock,” or lock in the date from which new employees can be counted and training expenses can be reimbursed. As this agreement is preliminary, either the college or employer can decide not to proceed.

Final agreements require approval by GRCC’s board of trustees. We will file the final agreement with the State of Michigan Department of Treasury.


Expenses & Reimbursement

A debt will be issued on behalf of employers that will be repaid by diverting state withholding taxes generated by the new employees' earnings to GRCC. An alternative model is also available that allows the employer to pay for the training up front and be reimbursed over time. This process will continue until the cost of training has been repaid and the contract tenets have been met. It is up to GRCC to determine the best approach and financing mechanism to fund the training.

Throughout the contract period, we will work with your business to implement your training plan and administer the project. On-the-job training is not included as an allowable expense under the program, but funds may be used to pay for other direct training expenses, including:

  • administrative expenses for the program
  • basic adult education
  • college tuition, books and fees
  • contracted or professional services
  • customized or general instruction at a training facility selected by employer
  • developmental, readiness and remedial education
  • employee testing and evaluation
  • job-related instruction
  • materials and supplies
  • services of a private trainer
  • some types of training equipment
  • training services of GRCC


If you are a business located in the State of Michigan and are anticipating hiring new employees that require training, you may qualify. If you can answer yes to the following statements, you should consider contacting us for information on applying:

  1. You will be hiring new full-time, permanent positions for a new or expanding business located in the state.

  2. The new positions are not related to recalling laid off or replacement workers.

  3. The new positions are ones that did not exist within the previous 12 months at your business.

  4. The new positions pay at least 175% of the state minimum wage.


If your new positions fit this criterion, learn more about how we can partner with your business by contacting:

Mary Hofstra
(616) 234-3766