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Huizenga Touts New Workforce Skills Training Program at Tyson Facility in Zeeland

Washington, September 25, 2019

Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) spoke about the launch of the Upward Academy at Tyson’s processing facility in Zeeland. This is the 50th launch of the workforce training program across the nation. The program will help employees move past entry level positions by equipping them with additional skills to advance their career. Congressman Huizenga’s remarks and video of his speech are available below.

Congressman Huizenga

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the launch of the 50th Upward Academy at the Tyson Foods Plant in my home town of Zeeland, Michigan.

This unique in-plant educational program offers empowering resources and courses to all workers at no-cost.

By partnering with local community organizations, Upward Academy provides team members the opportunity to access important classes such as English as a Second Language, General Educational Development, and Citizenship courses. 

The academy also includes multiple components focused on workplace skills and professional training to develop talent, especially in rural or marginalized areas. 

Through programs such as drivers’ education, computer technology, and financial literacy, Upward Academy brings knowledgeable experts directly to workers so they can move beyond entry-level jobs and receive valuable qualifications so that they can perform at higher levels.

The 50th launch of the Upward Academy will open the door for all team members to strive beyond current situations.

Tyson Foods and Upward Academy’s commitment to cultivating a modern workforce - that is prepared for the 21st century - helps our community grow stronger and makes West Michigan a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

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