WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service, today announced that 22 grants, totaling more than $9 million, are being awarded nationwide to provide thousands of veterans with green jobs training.
Jefferson said that the grants, provided under the department's Veterans' Workforce Investment Program, will "give an estimated 4,000 veterans who have served our country the opportunity to receive training on and participate in the growing renewable energy economy." Veterans will receive skills assessments, individual job counseling, labor market information, classroom or on-the-job training in green jobs, skills upgrading and retraining, placement assistance and crucial follow-up services.
The funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. These agencies are familiar with the areas and populations to be served – particularly as they relate to veterans who are homeless, disabled or economically disadvantaged – and they have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs. These grants will serve veterans in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Projects that support President Barack Obama's commitment to "green energy jobs" and propose a clear strategy for training and employment in the renewable energy economy are considered unique and innovative and received priority consideration for these grants.
The Veterans' Employment and Training Service helps veterans, reservists, and National Guard members in securing employment and the rights and benefits associated with such through existing programs, the coordination and merger of programs, and the implementation of new programs. Services provided reflect the changing needs of employers and the eligible veterans population. More information can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of grantees follows this release.
2010 VWIP Grantees
2nd year VWIP Grantees
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Veterans Outreach Center Inc.
Community Solutions for Clackamas County
East Central University
American G.I. Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
County of Pima
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dept.: Labor and Industry
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Swords to Plowshares
Way Station Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Houston Inc.
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry Inc.
The Workplace Inc.
Veterans Inc. (formerly Massachusetts Veterans Inc.)
United States Veteran Initiative
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
1st year VWIP Grantees
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc.
Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region
St. Patrick Center
Operation Stand Down Nashville Inc.
Kansas Department of Commerce
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SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor