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Grayling Generating Station

Workforce Challenge

As an independent power plant producer of electricity operating 24/7, Grayling Generating Station (GGS) has instances where they need welding jobs completed immediately. Training existing employees to become certified welders ensures these needs can be completed efficiently while reducing their outsourcing expenses to repair/maintain the facilities. GGS sought assistance with Michigan Works! to train existing employees.

Workforce Solution

Through Michigan Works!, GGS received a Skilled Trades Training Fund grant.

Outcomes & Benefits

The grant allowed GGS to provide training opportunities at Kirtland Community College for 14 employees. With the employees hard work and the dedication of Kirtland trainers, each employee received not only the expected certification as was outlined in the training plan, but every employee received at least two (up to four) certifications! From their efforts, the number of certifications awarded increased from the expected 16 to approximately 45 total certifications, which allows for a broader range of welding abilities.

GGS is thankful that they no longer need to rely on outsourcing for their welding needs, and the trainees are grateful for the new skills and certifications they received. Productivity also increased in the maintenance and operations departments. Both employer and employees feel this training would not have been feasible without the grant.

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