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VETS News Release: [08/21/2012]
Contact Name: Michael Volpe or David Roberts
Phone Number: (202) 693-3984 or x5945
Release Number: 12-1738-NAT

US Department of Labor awards $11.53 million in grants to provide job training services to 5,500 veterans nationwide

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded grants totaling $11.53 million through the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program to provide an estimated 5,500 veterans with job training and skills development services.

"These grants will increase the skill sets of veterans and result in training and credentialing for jobs in high-demand industries," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Our veterans made sacrifices on behalf of our nation, and I ask all employers to renew their commitment to veterans, because the best way to honor our veterans is to hire them."

Eleven grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, in 10 states. These agencies are familiar with the areas and populations to be served, and have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs.

The funds will be used to provide training in fields including software and computer services, construction, auto mechanics, security, logistics, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, hospitality and the culinary arts, among others.

Today's grants are part of efforts by the department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service to expand educational opportunities for veterans, support incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans, ensure priority "Gold Card" services for veterans through the American Job Center network and help veterans match skills related to their military occupations with those required by civilian jobs.

More information on the Department of Labor's employment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at http://www.dol.gov/vets/.

Editor's note: A list of grantees by state, areas to be served and award amounts follows this news release.

Veterans' Workforce Investment Program Grants

State

Grantee

Area(s) Served

Amount

Arizona

Pima County

counties of Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma

$1,250,000

Arkansas

Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services

statewide

$1,250,000

California

Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.

San Diego County

$769,158

California

Community Career Development Inc.

counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, Kern, Venture, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego

$769,158

Colorado

Colorado Department of Labor, Employment and Training

statewide

$1,250,000

Idaho

State of Idaho

statewide

$750,000

Mississippi

Region XII Commission on Mental Health & Retardation doing business as Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources

city of Hattiesburg

$1,180,008

North Carolina

Telamon Corp.

counties of Dougherty, Houston, Chatham and Lowndes

$1,189,129

Texas

American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.

cities of San Antonio and Houston

$769,158

Virginia

The SkillSource Group

counties of Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William and Arlington

$1,103,940

Wisconsin

Center for Veterans Issues Ltd.

Milwaukee County

$1,250,000

Total = $11,530,551