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VETS News Release: [06/15/2010]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder or Michael Volpe
Phone Number: (202) 693-4659 or x3984
Release Number: 10-0823-NAT

US Labor Department awards $9 million in nationwide grants providing thousands of veterans with ‘green’ jobs training

WASHINGTON — 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/.

Conference Call Audio Files

  • Conference Call with Veterans' Employment & Training Service Assistant Secretary Ray Jefferson: [MP3]

Editor's Note: A list of grantees follows this release.




2010 VWIP Grantees

2nd year VWIP Grantees

MA

$500,000

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Boston

NY

$270,000

Veterans Outreach Center Inc.

Rochester

OR

$500,000

Community Solutions for Clackamas County

Oregon City

OK

$500,000

East Central University

Ada

TX

$500,000

American G.I. Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.

San Antonio

AZ

$500,000

County of Pima

Tucson

PA

$500,000

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dept.: Labor and Industry

Harrisburg

MN

$407,549

RESOURCE Inc.

Minneapolis

CO

$500,000

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Denver

CA

$300,000

Swords to Plowshares

San Francisco

MD

$500,000

Way Station Inc.

Frederick

TX

$500,000

Goodwill Industries of Houston Inc.

Houston

NC

$290,600

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry Inc.

Asheville

CT

$500,000

The Workplace Inc.

Bridgeport

MA

$300,000

Veterans Inc. (formerly Massachusetts Veterans Inc.)

Worcester

CA

$500,000

United States Veteran Initiative

Long Beach

IN

$500,000

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Indianapolis


1st year VWIP Grantees

MI

$341,006

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc.

Grandville

MD

$499,695

Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region

Silver Spring

MO

$146,248

St. Patrick Center

St. Louis

TN

$500,000

Operation Stand Down Nashville Inc.

Nashville

KS

$492,016

Kansas Department of Commerce

Topeka


Conference Call Audio Files

  • Conference Call with Veterans' Employment & Training Service Assistant Secretary Ray Jefferson: [MP3]