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Michigan Senator Pledges Federal Funds By Introducing "New Skills for New Jobs Act"

EMAG L.L.C., a major machine tool supplier to the automotive, off-highway and energy sectors of North American industry, has announced its full participation in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program initiative, led by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, who detailed the program last week at Oakland Community College's Advanced Technology Center on the Auburn Hills campus.

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow discusses the new jobs training initiative with Peter Loetzner, CEO of EMAG L.L.C., a major machine tool supplier to the automotive market.



Senator Stabenow is introducing legislation in Congress, called the New Skills for New Jobs Act, which would involve federal matching funds to support Michigan and other states that have already begun helping community colleges with local businesses to create more job training and retraining opportunities.

EMAG already supports the MAT2 program (Michigan Advanced Technician Training) in conjunction with Oakland Community College and Henry Ford Community College, in which students engage in a study/work program with guaranteed employment at the end of defined period. CEO Peter Loetzner commented, "We see the New Jobs Training Program as a logical extension of the student program, as many in the current work force need enhanced skills to perform the new tasks required by today's technology. This is especially true in our world of machine tools and related manufacturing."

The New Jobs Training Program in Michigan was begun in 2008 and last year trained nearly 10,000 workers in partnership with 44 companies, generating $76 million in additional wages for the Michigan labor force.

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