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US Department of Labor announces $38 million in grants awarded through Green Jobs Innovation Fund

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded six organizations a total of $38 million in Green Jobs Innovation Fund grants to serve workers in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

"This grant program is an important part of the administration's efforts to equip workers with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in green industry jobs," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These are smart investments in the green energy jobs of today and the green energy economy of the future."

The Green Jobs Innovation Fund was authorized under the Workforce Investment Act to help workers receive job training in green industry sectors. These funds will help organizations with existing career training programs leverage Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeship programs and community-based partnerships to build sustainable green career pathways.

The grants will help employers, as well, by providing participants with the training they need for the industry-recognized credentials on which employers rely.

For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs, visit

Editor's Note: A chart listing the grantees, their locations, areas served and award amounts follows this news release.

Green Jobs Innovation Fund Grants

Organization Name


Areas Served


Connecticut Department of Labor

Wethersfield, Conn.

Bridgeport, Bristol, Hartford, New Britain and New Haven, and eastern and northwest areas of Connecticut


Laborers International Union of North AmericaTraining & Education Fund

Pomfret, Conn.

Cincinnati, Ohio; New York, Albany/Schenectady, Long Island and Newburgh, N.Y.; New Orleans, La.; and Miami, Fla.


Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Inc.

Philadelphia, Pa.

Arizona; Menlo Park, Calif; Broward County, Fla.; Rhode Island; Racine County, Wis.; Wilson, N.C.; and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.


Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Philadelphia, Pa.

Altoona, Drums, Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Winslow, N.J.; and Delaware


Center for Employment Training

San Jose, Calif.

San Jose, San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego and Watsonville, Calif; Alexandria, Va.


Jobs for the Future Inc.

Boston, Mass.

Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Detroit, Mich.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Seattle, Wash; and Washington, D.C.


Employment and Training Administration
June 22, 2011
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