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ETA News Release: [06/24/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661
Release Number: 10-0878-NAT

US Labor Secretary Solis announces more than $78 million for National Farmworker Jobs Program

LOS ANGELES — During a visit to Olvera Street in Los Angeles, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced $78,410,000 in grant funds through the National Farmworker Jobs Program. The program provides training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. It is authorized by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is designed to counter the impact of chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farmworkers who depend primarily on agricultural labor jobs.

"Farmworkers do so much for families and for the nation's economy as a whole. These hard working members of our community deserve our support," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Today's grants are an opportunity to help these workers as they upgrade their skills to improve their chances of advancement in their current employment or seek opportunities in other industries."

The National Farmworker Jobs Program provides funding to community-based organizations and public agencies that assist farmworkers and their families in attaining greater economic stability. This goal is accomplished by helping farmworkers acquire new job skills in occupations that offer higher wages and more stable employment. Workers may also upgrade their existing agricultural job skills. In addition to skills training, the program provides support services that help farmworkers participate in training programs or retain their agriculture employment.

Services provided to farmworkers include skills assessments, job search assistance, basic education remediation and case management. Workers may also access occupational skills and training, including on-the-job training. In addition, the program provides services such as child care, health care and transportation that help workers keep their current jobs or successfully complete training programs.

Of the 50 states, 48 each have one grantee. California has five grantees. There are no grantees in Alaska. National Farmworker Jobs Program grants are awarded every two years. Today's grants are continuations of 2009 funding.

Learn more about the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs at http://www.doleta.gov.

Editor's Note: A complete list of grantees is below.


National Farmworker Jobs Program Program Year 2010 Grant Allocations (by state) Training Grants

Company

City

State

Grant Amount

Telamon Corp.

Milbrook

Ala.

$793,513

Portable Practical Educational Preparation Inc.

Tucson

Ariz.

$2,136,850

Arkansas Human Development Corp.

Little Rock

Ark.

$1,147,148

Employers Training Resource, Kern County

Bakersfield

Calif.

$2,112,183

Center for Employment and Training

San Jose

Calif.

$8,224,914

Central Valley Opportunity Center Inc.

Winton

Calif.

$1,931,699

California Human Development Corp.

West Sacramento

Calif.

$3,797,936

Proteus Inc.

Visalia

Calif.

$3,958,135

Rocky Mountain SER/Jobs for Progress Inc.

Denver

Colo.

$1,001,990

New England Farmworker Council Inc.

Hartford

Conn.

$353,119

Telamon Corp.

Milford

Del.

$127,170

Florida Department of Education

Tampa

Fla.

$4,154,329

Telamon Corp.

Macon

Ga.

$1,535,300

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc.

Wailuku

Hawaii

$331,147

Community Council of Idaho Inc.

Caldwell

Idaho

$1,076,981

Illinois Migrant Council

Chicago

Ill.

$1,440,083

Telamon Corp.

Indianapolis

Ind.

$925,377

Proteus Inc.

Des Moines

Iowa

$1,178,998

SER Corp.

Wichita

Kan.

$1,077,090

Kentucky Farmworker Program Inc.

Bowling Green

Ky.

$1,213,279

Motivation Education and Training Inc.

Hammond

La.

$912,607

Eastern Maine Development Corp.

Bangor

Maine

$293,671

Telamon Corp.

Salisbury

Md.

$363,241

New England Farmworker Council Inc.

Springfield

Mass.

$322,677

Telamon Corp.

Lansing

Mich.

$1,402,076

Motivation Education and Training Inc.

Rochester

Minn.

$1,236,518

Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworker Opportunity Inc.

Clarksdale

Miss.

$1,299,776

United Migrant Opportunity Services Inc.

Independence

Mo.

$987,830

Rural Employment Opportunities Inc.

Helena

Mont.

$598,460

NAF Multicultural Human Development Corp.

North Platte

Neb.

$1,090,385

Nevada Human Development Corp.

Winnemucca

Nev.

$180,111

New England Farmworker Council Inc.

Manchester

N.H.

$102,135

PathStone Inc.

Vineland

N.J.

$697,644

HELP - New Mexico

Albuquerque

N.M.

$948,629

PathStone Inc.

Rochester

N.Y.

$1,660,028

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

$2,696,352

Motivation Education and Training Inc.

Fargo

N.D.

$608,709

Pathstone Inc.

Liberty Center

Ohio

$1,262,429

ORO Development Corp.

Oklahoma City

Okla.

$1,275,243

Oregon Human Development Corp.

Tigard

Ore.

$1,975,875

PathStone Inc.

Harrisburg

Pa.

$1,547,985

PathStone Inc.

Adjuntas

P.R.

$3,064,488

New England Farmworker Council Inc.

see Connecticut grantee

R.I.

$38,774

Telamon Corp.

Columbia

S.C.

$968,843

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative

Sturgis

S.D.

$621,497

Tennessee Opportunity Programs Inc.

Smyrna

Tenn.

$859,136

Motivation Education and Training Inc.

New Caney

Texas

$6,686,415

Private Industry Council Inc./Futures Through Training

Ogden

Utah

$289,793

PathStone Inc.

Jeffersonville

Vt.

$191,180

Telamon Corp.

Richmond

Va.

$929,676

Opportunities Industrial Center of Washington

Yakima

Wash.

$3,096,281

Telamon Corp.

Martinsburg

W.Va.

$196,732

United Migrant Opportunity Services Inc.

Milwaukee

Wis.

$1,253,158

Motivation Education and Training Inc.

Powell

Wyo.

$234,405

Total

 

 

$78,410,000