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VETS News Release: [06/01/2011]
Contact Name: Michael Volpe or David Roberts
Phone Number: (202) 693-3984 or x5945
Release Number: 11-0815-NAT

4,000 veterans to benefit from $9 million in US Department of Labor job training grants to continue existing programs

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced 22 grants totaling more than $9 million to provide approximately 4,000 veterans with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Workforce Investment Program to continue successful programs into second and third years.

"Our veterans sacrifice so much for our country, so it is important that we provide assistance to them when they return home from active duty," said Secretary Solis. "These grants will help veterans access the resources they need to find good jobs and build a bright future for themselves and their families."

Second and third year funds are being awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community groups, that demonstrated through first year funding that they can administer effective programs and are familiar with the geographic areas and populations to be served.

The Veterans Workforce Investment Program emphasizes training for veterans who are interested in "green" jobs that are currently available in the marketplace or expected to be soon. Such jobs include those related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, modern electric power development and clean vehicles.

Grantees under this program coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers. More information on the Department of Labor's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans is available at http://www.dol.gov/vets.

Editor's Note: A list of grantees and award amounts follows this news release.


Veterans Workforce Investment Program Second and Third Year Funding Awards

Grantee

State

Previous Award

New
Award

Year

Pima County

Ariz.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Swords to Plowshares

Calif.

$300,000

$300,000

3RD

United States Veterans Initiative - Inglewood

Calif.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment

Colo.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

The Workplace Inc.

Conn.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Ind.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Kansas Department of Commerce

Kan.

$492,016

$314,789

2ND

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Mass.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Massachusetts Veterans Inc.

Mass.

$300,000

$300,000

3RD

Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region

Md.

$499,695

$499,695

2ND

Way Station Inc.

Md.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc.

Mich.

$341,006

$341,006

2ND

Resource Inc.

Minn.

$407,549

$407,549

3RD

St. Patrick Center

Mo.

$146,248

$146,248

2ND

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

N.C.

$290,600

$290,600

3RD

Veterans Outreach Center Inc.

N.Y.

$270,000

$270,000

3RD

East Central University

Okla.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Community Solutions for Clackamas County

Ore.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pa.

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Operation Stand Down Nashville Inc.

Tenn.

$500,000

$500,000

2ND

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

Texas

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

Goodwill Industries of Houston

Texas

$500,000

$500,000

3RD

$9,547,114

$9,369,887