US Department of Labor announces $150 million in 'Pathways Out of Poverty' training grants for green jobs

Jan 13, 2010, 13:17 ET from U.S. Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced $150 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  The "Pathways Out of Poverty" grants — as the group of funding awards is known — will support programs that help disadvantaged populations find ways out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency through employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.  

"These Pathways Out of Poverty grants will help workers in disadvantaged communities gain access to the good, safe and prosperous jobs of the 21st century green economy," said Secretary Solis.  "Green jobs present tremendous opportunities for people who have the core skills and competencies needed in such well-paying and rapidly growing industries as energy efficiency and renewable energy."

Through the 38 grants awards announced today, targeted populations will receive recruitment and referral services; basic skills, work-readiness and occupational skills training; supportive services to help overcome barriers to employment; and other services at times and locations that are easily accessible. Through these programs, participants will receive certifications and on-the-job training that will lead to employment.

In order to serve the specific populations targeted by these grants effectively, the Department of Labor encouraged applicants to focus project efforts in communities located within one or more contiguous Public Micro Data Areas (PUMAs) where poverty rates were 15 percent or higher. PUMAs are geographic areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau.  All applicants were required to have experience serving economically disadvantaged populations.  Programs funded today will serve unemployed individuals, high school dropouts, and other disadvantaged individuals within areas of high poverty.

There are two types of award recipients for these grants:  1) national nonprofit entities with networks of local affiliates, coalition members or other established partners; and 2) local entities including nonprofit organizations, such as community and faith-based organizations, the public workforce investment system, the education and training community, labor organizations, and employer and industry-related organizations.

Today's grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries.  For a full listing of the grants and project descriptions, visit http://www.doleta.gov.  To view a video by Secretary Solis, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/pathways.  The U.S. Department of Labor expects to release funding for one remaining green grant award category over the next several weeks.

To find out more about job training opportunities available through the Department of Labor, call the National Contact Center's toll-free helpline at: 866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365) or TTY 877-889-5627.

Editor's Note: Charts reflecting the grantees announced today follow this news release.

Pathways Out of Poverty Grants


Grant Recipient

TYPE OF Grant

LOCATION: PUMAs Served

Award AMOUNT

PARTICIPANTS Served

1. Alternative Opportunities Inc.





Local






St. Louis, Mo. (PUMAs 01801, 01802, 01803)





$2,308,200






High school dropouts, unemployed individuals, ex-offenders and veterans



2. Better Family Life Inc. (BFL)





Local






St. Louis, Mo. (PUMAs 01703, 01701, 01801)





$3,305,493






Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts and individuals with criminal records  


3. Boley Centers Inc.



Local


St. Petersburg, Fla. (PUMA 02607)


$2,300,678



Disadvantaged and unemployed urban youth

4. Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board Inc.


Local






Ocala, Fla. (PUMA 01501)





$2,985,175






Unemployed workers, low-income adults, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal history


5. City of Minneapolis




Local





Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. (PUMAs 01501, 01502, 01301, 01302, 01303)


$4,000,000





Individuals living in poverty, veterans and unemployed young adults who do not have a high school diploma

6. CNY Works Inc.






Local






Syracuse, N.Y. (PUMA 00700)





$3,715,931






Low income individuals, ex-offenders, disadvantaged young-adults and displaced workers

7. Community College of Philadelphia

Local



Philadelphia, Pa. (PUMAs 04105, 04107)


$3,184,428



Unemployed workers, ex-offenders and veterans

8. Consortium for Worker Education







Local








Bronx, N.Y. (PUMAs 03708, 03710)







$4,000,000








Individuals with limited English proficiency, veterans and eligible spouses, persons with criminal records, disconnected youth and women


9. East Harlem Employment Services Inc. doing business as as STRIVE







National











New York, N.Y. (PUMAs 3804, 3803, 3710, 3705); Philadelphia, Pa. (PUMAs 04105, 04107, 04108); Hartford, Conn. (PUMA 00800); Benton, Mich. (PUMA 2400); Flint, Mich. (PUMA 2200); and Baltimore, Md. (PUMAs 00804, 00805)


$4,728,419











Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal record







10. Eastern Maine Development Corp.







  Local








Piscataquis County and Penobscot County, Maine (PUMA 00900)






$2,109,088








Disadvantaged adult job seekers, dislocated workers, returning offenders, public assistance recipients, high school dropouts and veterans


11. Florida State College at Jacksonville




Local






Duval County (PUMA 01102)





$2,229,642






Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal record


12. Goodwill Industries International (GII)









National











Atlanta, Ga. (PUMA 01204); Austin, Texas (PUMA 05301); Charlotte, N.C. (PUMA 0902); Grand Rapids, Mich. (PUMAs 02100, 01100, 01000); Phoenix, Ariz. (PUMA 00117); Washington, D.C. (PUMA 00103)


$7,303,634











People with disabilities, chronically unemployed individuals, ex-offenders, older workers, homeless individuals and high school dropouts





13. Grand Rapids Community College




Local





Grand Rapids, Mich. (PUMA 01300)




$4,000,000





Unemployed workers, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal record


14. It's My Community Initiative


Local



Oklahoma City, Okla. (PUMA 01301)


$4,000,000



Underemployed individuals and ex-offenders  


15. Jobs for the Future Inc. (JFF)













National














Chicago, Ill. (PUMAs 03514, 03515, 03516); Detroit, Mich. (PUMAs 03701, 03702, 03707); Los Angeles, Calif. (PUMAs 05421, 05422, 05424, 05500, 05701, 05702, 06115, 06119, 06123, 06124); Milwaukee, Wis. (PUMA 02003); Philadelphia, Pa. (PUMAs 04109, 04110)



$7,997,936














Unemployed and disadvantaged individuals











16. Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc.

Local




Allentown, Pa. (PUMA 03600)



$4,000,000




At-risk youth, veterans and eligible spouses, and underemployed and unemployed individuals

17. Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)





Local







Los Angeles, Calif. communities of Watts (PUMA 06115), Willowbrook (PUMA 06119), and Florence-Graham (PUMA 06114)


$4,000,000







Dislocated, unemployed, underemployed, low-income workers and veterans



18. MDC Inc.












National












Charlotte, N.C. (PUMAs 00901, 00902, 00903, 00904); North Charleston, S.C. (PUMA 02010); Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg Counties, S.C. (PUMA 01800); Wise and Dickenson Counties, Va. (PUMA 02500); Scott County, Va. (PUMA 02600)


$3,780,816












Low-wage workers and unemployed individuals











19. Mi Casa Resource Center for Women Inc.




Local






Denver, Colo. (PUMA 00812)





$3,633,195






Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts, individuals with a criminal record, women and minorities



20. Mott Community College (MCC)


Local





Flint, Mich., and adjoining suburbs (PUMAs 02301, 02200)




$3,662,403





Low-income individuals




21. Moultrie Technical College





Local






Tift County, Ga. (PUMA 03900)





$3,753,579






Individuals on probation, high school dropouts, residents with disadvantaged backgrounds and displaced workers

22. National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)


National

Apache Junction, Ariz. (PUMA 00800); Bisbee, Ariz. (PUMA 00900); Midland, Texas (PUMAs 03100, 03200) ; Odessa, Texas (PUMA 03300); Dayton, Ohio (PUMA 04000)


$7,994,999


Limited English proficiency individuals, Native Americans, ex-offenders


23. National Council of La Raza





National






San Jose, Calif. (PUMAs 02709, 02714); San Diego, Calif. (PUMA 08105); Chicago, Ill. (PUMAs 03511, 03512)


$3,063,839






Low-income and unemployed individuals, and individuals with limited English proficiency


24. Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NoRTEC)





Local









Butte, Calif. (PUMA 00600); Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc and Siskiyou, Calif. (PUMA 00100); Shasta County, Calif. (PUMA 00300); and Tehama and Trinity, Calif. (00500)


$4,000,000









High school dropouts, at-risk youth, welfare recipients, individuals with a criminal record, unemployed and dislocated workers, and veterans



25.Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Inc.



National






Asheville, N.C. (PUMA 00202); Broward County, Fla. (PUMAs 03605, 03607); and Phoenix, Ariz. (PUMA 00117)


$4,900,000






Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal record


26. PathStone Corp.










National










Rochester, N.Y. (PUMA 00901); Scranton, Pa. (PUMA 00801); Juana Diaz, Santa Isabel and Villalba, Puerto Rico (PUMA 01700); and Arroyo, Coamo, Guayama and Salinas, Puerto Rico (PUMA 01600)


$8,000,000










Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal record






27. Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/ Fayette Inc.



Local






Fayette County, Pa. (PUMA 02300)





$2,732,719






Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts and individuals with a criminal record


28. Providence Economic Development Partnership


Local





Providence, R.I. (PUMA 00100)




$2,489,111





Ex-offenders and low-literacy individuals  




29. Roca Inc.



Local



Chelsea and Revere, Mass. (PUMA 02900)


$2,398,778



High-risk youth



30. SER – Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc.



Local




Houston, Texas (PUMAs 04601, 04602, 04603, 04606, 04608, 04610, 04611, 04625)


$3,122,554





High school dropouts, ex-offenders, unemployed individuals and disadvantaged individuals

31. Southeast Community College Area





Local







Lincoln, Neb. (PUMA 00801)






$2,331,278







Unemployed individuals, veterans, high school dropouts, individuals with a criminal record, refugees and immigrants  

32. Southwest Housing Solutions Corp. (SWHS)




Local






Southwest Detroit, Mich. (PUMAs 03701, 03706)





$4,000,000






Unemployed individuals, high school dropouts, individuals with a criminal record and veterans  


33. West Hills Community College District









Local











Mendota, Firebaugh, San Joaquin, Huron, Coalinga, Lemoore, Avenal and the unincorporated communities of Tranquility, Riverdale, Biola and Five Points in Fresno and Kings Counties, Calif. (PUMAs 03600, 03401)


$3,000,000











Disadvantaged individuals










34. Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC)


Local




Woodbury County, Iowa (PUMA 01100)



$3,999,459




Dislocated workers, low-income adults and disconnected youth  


35. White Earth Band of Chippewa




Local





Mahnomen, Clearwater and Becker counties, Minn.  (PUMA 00200)



$3,086,817





High school dropouts, unemployed individuals and individuals with a criminal record  


36. Workforce Development of Seattle-King County












Local














Southeast Seattle, Wash., (PUMAs 01804, 02005)













$3,639,530














High school dropouts, unemployed adults,  veterans,  previously incarcerated youth and adults, and other disadvantaged individuals—with a specific focus on communities of color, individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities


37. The WorkPlace Inc.  






Local







City of Bridgeport, Conn. (PUMA 02400)






$4,000,000







High school dropouts, individuals with a criminal record, unemployed individuals and people facing other significant disadvantages

38. Worksystems Inc.







Local








East Multnomah County, Ore. (PUMA 01302, 01301)






$4,000,000








Native Americans, African-Americans, Latinos, immigrants, veterans, individuals with a criminal record and homeless individuals




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