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U.S. Department of Labor Announces $145 Million to Invest In Workforce Training for Key U.S. Economic Sectors

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $145 million in the H-1B One Workforce Grant Program to invest in training for key sectors of the U.S. economy. Grant recipients, listed below, will focus on upskilling the current workforce and training the workforce of the future for critical industries such as IT, advanced manufacturing and transportation.

Grantees will use innovative training strategies and training delivery methods to provide individuals in their communities with the skills necessary to succeed in middle- and high-skilled H-1B occupations. Training models will include a broad range of classroom and on-the-job training, customized training, incumbent worker training, Registered Apprenticeship Programs and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

“The U.S. Department of Labor is challenging communities to think as ‘One Workforce’,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training John Pallasch. “In a post-coronavirus world, it is critical that local organizations think as one instead of independent parts of a process. Our goal is to create seamless community partnerships to build career pathways for local job seekers to enter middle- to high-skilled occupations in cyber security, advanced manufacturing and transportation.”

Public-private partnerships will leverage resources across federal, state and local funding streams, as well as from the private sector to support training, employment services and supportive services to increase access to employment opportunities. Grantees will work together toward a coordinated approach to preparing a skilled workforce within an economic region. Grantees must also demonstrate that they are leveraging at least 25 percent of the total amount of the grant funds requested.

Grant recipients include institutions of higher education, entities involved in administering the workforce investment system established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, non-profit organizations and economic development organizations. Eligible participants served through this grant program must be at least 17 years old, and not enrolled currently in secondary school within a local educational agency. Among the individuals eligible to receive training, veterans, military spouses, and transitioning service members receive Priority of Service.

Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, as amended (codified at 29 U.S.C. 3224a) funds the H-1B One Workforce Grant Program.

The recipients of these grants are as follows:

U.S. Department of Labor H-1B One Workforce Grants

Recipient

City

State

Award

Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of Arizona State University

Tempe

AZ

$8,029,594

Pima County

Tucson

AZ

$4,000,000

United Auto Workers-Labor Employment and Training Corp.

Cerritos

CA

$4,500,000

City and County of Denver

Denver

CO

$7,383,999

Capital Workforce Partners

Hartford

CT

$10,000,000

Delaware Department of Labor

Wilmington

DE

$9,193,902

Augusta Economic Development Authority

Augusta

GA

$8,480,250

City of Refuge Inc.

Atlanta

GA

$5,452,594

Calumet Area Industrial Commission

Chicago

IL

$8,910,018

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Inc.

Wichita

KS

$9,999,856

Jobs for the Future Inc.

Boston

MA

$10,000,000

Trustees of Clark University

Worcester

MA

$10,000,000

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids

MI

$9,816,563

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance

Taylor

MI

$10,000,000

Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties

Utica

NY

$3,206,002

Clark State Community College

Springfield

OH

$3,503,325

Dallas College

Mesquite

TX

$10,000,000

ICF  Incorporated LLC

Fairfax

VA

$8,597,017

United Migrant Opportunity Services Inc.

Milwaukee

WI

$3,926,880

Total

 

 

$145,000,000

ETA administers federal job training and dislocated worker programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are provided primarily through state and local workforce development systems.

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.

 

Agency
Employment and Training Administration
Date
January 19, 2021
Release Number
21-110-NAT
Contact: Egan Reich
Phone Number
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