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Oakland Community College to train 190 employees for local companies

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Oakland County Community College is working to fill the talent gap in Metro Detroit, and its latest action consists of signing a couple of agreements with DENSO International and EMAG to train 190 new employees.

The nearly 200 new jobs will be at the growing design, engineering and manufacturing operations of the multi-national corporations in Farmington Hills and Southfield. Helping make this initiative possible is a multi-million dollar training incentives from the Oakland County and the state of Michigan.

Oakland County Community College
is also working on closing the talent gap between the region's workforce and the in-demand high-tech skills tech firms covet. It is working to train new employees for growing, local small businesses in a range of industries, such as IT, engineering and simulation.

"The talent gap is multi-faceted," says Sharon Miller, vice chancellor of external affairs for Oakland County Community College. "It's not just one industry. It's a number of industries."

In some cases, Oakland County Community College is helping facilitate the training one person for a specific job with a high-tech firm. Other times the college of turning a firm's expert in the field into a educator so he or she can train the workforce needed to do the jobs of the 21st Century.

"It's about the relationships and redefining the our roles as a college and businesses and their real-time needs," Miller says.

Source: Sharon Miller, vice chancellor of external affairs for Oakland County Community College
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.
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