Michigan New Jobs Training

Offering a unique business incentive that meets all of your business training needs

When it comes to training, the Economic and Workforce Development team at Oakland Community College is now able to provide businesses in Michigan with a significant competitive – and financial – edge. By working in cooperation with the State of Michigan to offer the Michigan New Jobs Training Program, we’re able to provide qualified businesses with a cost effective training solution for employees being placed into “new” jobs.

A new law enacted by the state allows Oakland Community College to have the payroll taxes of qualified new employees diverted to the college (instead of being paid to the Michigan Department of Treasury) to cover a broad range of training expenses. For instance, it’s possible to use MNJT funds for training programs offered through OCC, the development of specialized vendor-based training, college tuition, certification services, training related travel, books, equipment and more.

How a business qualifies

Any company moving to, expanding in, or starting its operations in Michigan may be eligible. To qualify, the number of jobs your company has on its payroll in Michigan under a specified EIN at the time of enrollment must be greater than, or equal to, the number of jobs it had on its payroll in Michigan in the last 12 months. In addition, the “new jobs” being created must meet all of these criteria:

  • The jobs are not jobs of recalled workers, replacement jobs, or any other job that existed in the employer’s business within the one-year period preceding the date of an agreement
  • The jobs are full-time, in a new, existing, or expanding business of the employer
  • The jobs are new jobs that pay at least 175% of the state minimum wage
  • The jobs result in a net increase in employment in Michigan for the employer

Flexible funding solutions available only at OCC

As a learning partner – and a proven leader in business and corporate training – OCC understands the need to provide solutions that are both flexible and tailored to fit our clients’ needs. That’s why we offer participating clients two funding options under the MNJT guidelines: The Employer Advance Payment Option and the OCC College Loan Option. We’re the only training provider in Michigan to offer two options and each has distinct benefits designed to help your business.

In the Employer Advance Option, the employer advances training funds to OCC and is then reimbursed by OCC when we receive the redirected withholding taxes from the state. In the College Loan Option, OCC provides a loan to the employer to begin training then uses the redirected withholding dollars to repay itself for the loan balance plus interest. Your OCC training specialist has all the details and can help you decide which option works best for you.


Getting started

To begin the process, all you have to do is contact one of the MNJT training specialists at Oakland Community College to schedule your first meeting. Your specialist will review the program guidelines and next steps, as well as answer any questions you may have. You’ll also be asked to sign a non-binding Agreement of Intent (AOI). All this agreement does is establish the date from which new employees can be counted in the program. There’s no commitment. It’s simply a mechanism to “lock in” your program start date should you decide to proceed.

When you’re ready, your MNJT specialist will help you complete your application and review the documentation needed for formal program approval and participation.

At the same time, because you’re working with OCC – a true learning partner – your specialist will introduce you to our full spectrum of state-of-the-art training courses and services. Working together, we can help you customize a training program that fits any and all of your specific business needs and still meets the guidelines of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.

What more incentive could you need to get started? For cost-effective options to all your business training needs, contact the Economic and Workforce Development experts at Oakland Community College today.