Rep. Fattah: Community College of Philadelphia Will Lead Job-Training Consortium with $20 Million Grant

Sep 26, 2011, 11:43 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) announced today that Community College of Philadelphia will administer a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to prepare job training programs at 14 Pennsylvania community colleges partnering with private employers for critical jobs in the new economy.

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"I spoke with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis this morning and thanked her for her great work in advancing this extraordinary training program for the jobs and economy of tomorrow," Fattah said. "These federal funds will jumpstart capacity-building in the curriculum, particularly focused on training for advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare related jobs."

Community College of Philadelphia is the leader for a consortium that includes Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery County community colleges and others across the state. The $20 million grant is provided under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.

The job training consortium in Pennsylvania includes private employers, state agencies and nonprofits, Fattah said. He said CCP and Pennsylvania will receive the largest grant in the nation under the program announced today.

Congressman Fattah said Labor Secretary Solis also informed him that she is authorizing $3 million to hire dislocated workers for cleanup related to damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

Solis announced that the Community College job training program will distribute $500 million nationwide, the first installment on a $2 billion four year investment in job training for the unemployed. The Labor Department will be working closely with the Department of Education on the program.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah