WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $125 million in grants to 41 community colleges and organizations. This round is the fifth and final of Community-Based Job Training Grant awards. Awardees were chosen from among 323 applications received in response to a competition first announced on March 15. Of the full amount, nearly $74 million is dedicated to applicants that have never received a Community-Based Job Training Grant.
"The $125 million awarded today will create opportunities for working Americans to train for high-demand occupations with the help of our nationwide community college system," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Our goal is to help workers across the country prepare for and secure good jobs, and with support from these colleges and other critical stakeholders, we'll ensure we reach a broad base of individuals in need."
Community-Based Job Training Grants improve the ability of community colleges to train and prepare workers for employment in high growth and other emerging industries. This last round of competitive awards will focus primarily on providing services to workers who are unemployed (can include the long-term unemployed, such as individuals who have been unemployed for six months or more), dislocated and incumbent.
The 41 grants awarded today will support projects in 26 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
Over the last four years, approximately $622 million has been awarded to 301 community colleges and other organizations in 49 states to promote job training, education and the U.S. workforce's full potential. More than 147,000 individuals have received education and training through the first four rounds of these grants.
For more information on the Department of Labor's employment and training programs and the Community-Based Job Training Grants, visit http://www.doleta.gov/business/Community-BasedJobTrainingGrants.cfm.
Audio from press teleconference calls during which Secretary Solis announced these grants is available at http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/20100629-Conferencecalls.
Editor's Note: A chart reflecting the dollar amounts benefiting each grantee follows this news release.
2010 Community-Based Job Training Grants (in order by grantee name)
Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education*
Alamo Community College District
Allied Health & Green Jobs
Anne Arundel Workforce Development doing business as AAWDC*
Cyber Security/Information Assurance
Arkansas State University-Newport*
Transportation & Agriculture
Central Arizona College
Health Care Technology
East Central Community College*
Manufacturing, Health care and Information Technology
Everett Community College
Flathead Valley Community College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
George C. Wallace Community College*
Grayson County College Foundation, Inc.*
Hagerstown Community College
Hennepin Technical College*
Indianapolis Private Industry Council Inc.*
Jewish Vocational Service*
Lake Land College
Green-Building, Retrofitting and Solar
Mohawk Valley Community College*
Neosho County Community College*
New England Institute of Technology*
Health Information Technology
Northeastern Junior College*
Peralta Community College District-Merritt College
Green Construction and Energy Management
Polk State College
Portland Community College
Research Foundation on behalf of Borough of Manhattan Community College*
Roane State Community College*
Emerging Advanced Materials – Carbon Fiber & Solar Energy
Salt Lake Community College
San Jacinto Community College District*
San Mateo County Human Services Agency*
Santa Monica College
Recycling & Resource Management
St. Johns River Community College*
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment
Green Jobs, Health Care, and IT
State Center Community College District*
Suffolk County Community College
Valdosta Technical College Foundation Inc.*
Virginia Highlands Community College*
Westmoreland County Community College*
Natural Gas Drilling & Production
Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas*
Yuut Elitnaurviat – Peoples Learning Center Inc.*
Zane State College
*Denotes a first-time Community Based grant recipient
TOTAL = $125,000,000
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SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor