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U.S. Department of Labor Awards Workforce Development Demonstration Grants of $29.2 Million to 18 Organizations in Appalachian and Delta Regions

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today awarded $29,175,000 in demonstration grant funds to expand the impact of workforce development efforts in the Appalachian and Delta regions through the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant initiative. 

These grant funds, awarded in collaboration with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Delta Regional Authority (DRA), focus on rural areas hard hit by economic transition that are recovering slowly. Grantees have designed projects to address the specific skill needs of both businesses and workers in their grant’s service area, located in either the Appalachian region or the Lower Mississippi Delta region, as defined in 40 U.S.C 14102(a)(1), and in 7 U.S.C. 2009aa(2), respectively.

WORC grant applicants could apply for funding amounts between $150,000 and $2,500,000 for developing local and regional workforce development solutions aligned with existing economic development strategies. The grants also provide enhanced training and support activities to dislocated workers (including displaced homemakers); new entrants to the workforce; and incumbent workers. Individuals affected by substance abuse disorder may also receive services through this grant. Collectively, these grant activities promote new, sustainable job opportunities and long-term economic vitality.   

A list of grantees and the areas they serve is below:

Delta Regional Authority


Counties/Parishes Served


Base Camp Coding Academy


Calhoun, Lafayette, Lee, Panola, Pontotoc, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha


Northshore Technical Community College


Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington


Southeastern Louisiana University


Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, and Washington


Madisonville Community College


Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Union, and Webster


Arkansas Northeastern College


AR:  Craighead, Mississippi,  Greene, Crittenden, Jackson, St. Francis, and Phillips,
MO:  Pemiscot, Dunklin, and New Madrid                                            TN:  Shelby


University of West Alabama


Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox


Panola County, Mississippi


Calhoun, Lafayette, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Yalobusha


Hinds Community College


Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Rankin, and Warren



Appalachian Regional Commission


Counties Served


Spartanburg Community College


Spartanburg and Cherokee


Research Foundation for SUNY


Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins


West Central Job Partnership, Inc.


OH:  Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull
PA:  Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren


Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas Counties, Inc.


Nicholas County


Coalfield Development Corporation


WV:  Cabell, Mingo, Lincoln, McDowell, Wayne
VA:  Lee, Scott, Washington, and Wise


University of North Alabama


Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston, Lawrence, and Limestone


North Georgia Technical College


Fannin, Franklin, Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White


Randolph County Housing Authority


Randolph County and the City of Elkins


The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County


Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins


Goodwill of North Georgia


Cherokee, Clay, and Graham


The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Employment and Training Administration
September 30, 2019
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Media Contact: Egan Reich
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Media Contact: Grant Vaught
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