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Regional Talent Innovation Program (RTI)

What is RTI?

The Regional Talent Innovation Program is a program that provides free, short-term training in areas related to advanced manufacturing. Trainees can select up to 40 hours of trainings from the 30 courses being offered through Delta College and Mid Michigan College. 

Who can benefit?

Anyone who has been impacted in any way by COVID-19 and lives OR works in the following Michigan counties: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, or Saginaw can receive free training.

Customized training plans for Employers

If you're an employer, you know the needs of your company and how those can be met through upskilling your current employees. Through RTI, you can connect with a community college for a free consultation to develop a training program and sequence of courses that meets some of those needs. We're committed to being flexible and thorough, and to making the process for you and your employees as easy as possible.

Your customized training plan can be scheduled at times that work best for your business and that works around your production schedule. The courses and materials are free, and your business will not be billed for services. No matching funds are required to participate in the program.

When does the program run?

Applications open in October 2022 and trainings will be offered through April 2023.

What are my next steps?

Employers looking to customize training programs for their employees start by reaching out and letting us know your needs and ideas.

The process is as easy as 1,2,3

1. Submit the Employer Interest Form (opens in new window)
2. Collaborate with your community college to create a training series and course schedule that fits your needs and your business
3. Your employees complete and submit Application Forms and the required verification materials

Note: If you're an individual who isn't being referred by an employer, you can take advantage of these free trainings too! Get started by completing the online application! (form opens in new window).

What trainings are available for free?

Participants can select up to 40 hours worth of trainings that will be 100% covered by this program. Materials and supplies will also be free!