Oakland Community College signed agreements to train 190 new employees at two global firms, DENSO International and EMAG L.L.C., that are expanding design, engineering and manufacturing operations in Oakland County.
Collaborating with Oakland County Economic Development and the State of Michigan to create new jobs in Southfield and Farmington Hills, OCC obtained more than $3.1 million in training incentives for these two projects through the Michigan New Jobs Training (MNJT) program. MNJT enables companies working with community colleges to divert the Michigan income taxes of newly-hired employees to provide training in newly-created jobs.
“OCC takes great pride in the role it plays in fostering Oakland County’s rebound from the recession by working with private and public sector partners to attract and retain businesses in our region,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy R. Meyer. “The college’s ability to customize training and have it underwritten through the MNJT program is proving a major incentive in expanding Oakland County’s talent pool,” Dr. Meyer added.
OCC’s expertise in promoting economic development is grounded in anticipating the talent needs of companies and industries in Oakland County that are leading the resurgence in the region’s economy, providing more jobs for county residents and expanding opportunities for OCC students to live and work close to home.
Last year the college reached agreements totaling nearly $7.5 million with five major companies in Oakland County to train 529 new employees through the MNJT Program. The companies were Dokka Fasteners (Auburn Hills), Meritor, Inc. (Troy), WABCO Reman Solutions (Troy), DENSO International America, Inc. (Southfield) and Oxus America, Inc. (Rochester Hills).
Details of OCC’s two most recent workforce training contracts are:
DENSO International America, Inc., is the world’s second largest supplier of automotive technology systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electric, electronics, safety and information. Its customers include the world’s major car makers. The six-year MNJT package totals over $2.6 million and will support the training of 169 new employees in E-learning, project management, leadership, quality and engineering at DENSO’s Southfield facility.
EMAG L.L.C. products cover the entire spectrum of machining processes in the metal working industry, offering the latest technological advances in turning, drilling, milling, grinding, gear cutting and laser welding for the automotive, oil field, power generation and earth moving equipment industries. EMAG is a trendsetter in the field of vertical turning centers, multi-spindle machining centers and multi-functional production machines, and has become an important partner in the realization of complete process streams in the manufacture of transmission, engine and chassis components. The six-year MNJT package totals $200,000 and will support the training of 21 new employees in manufacturing technology, CNC equipment, mechanical maintenance, electrical programming and robotics at EMAG’s manufacturing facility in Farmington Hills.
Oakland Community College is the largest community college in Michigan, and the 21st largest in the nation. With five campuses throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields including university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts, as well as workforce training and certificate programs. Approximately 750,000 students have enrolled at the college since it opened in 1965.