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ETA News Release: [02/22/2012]
Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Joshua Lamont
Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 x 4661
Release Number: 12-0365-NAT

US Labor Department awards more than $183 million for technical skills training to help American workers fill jobs in high-growth fields

Grants target industries in 28 states that rely on H-1B visa program for skilled workers

CINCINNATI — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced during a conference call with reporters more than $183 million in grants to 43 public-private partnerships serving 28 states through the second round of funding under the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition. The grants will provide education, training and job placement assistance related to high-growth fields in which employers are currently using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to hire foreign workers.

"The federal grant awards announced today will provide U.S. workers with the training they need to succeed in the high tech, high-growth jobs of the future," said Secretary Solis. "Developing a strong and vibrant workforce that fits the needs of American businesses is critical to forming an America built to last."

Last October, the Labor Department awarded more than $159 million to 36 grantees in the first round of the competition. Between the two rounds of grants, more than $163 million has been designated to provide on-the-job training, allowing participants to learn new skills while earning a regular paycheck. More than $200 million has been designated for grantees that serve participants who have been identified as long-term unemployed. The grants also represent significant investments in fields such as information technology, advanced manufacturing and health care.

These grants are funded through fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B program. They are intended to raise the technical skill levels of American workers and, over time, help businesses reduce their need to use the H-1B program.

The original solicitation for grant applications announced funding of $240 million to be awarded through two rounds of funding. Because additional H-1B visa fees have been collected, about $100 million more than anticipated has been awarded.

Editor's note: A complete list of grantees, including their locations, award amounts and targeted industries, follows this release.


H-1B Technical Skills Training Grantees

Grantee

City, State

Amount

Targeted Industries and Occupations

Arizona Diversity Business Development Center

Arizona

$4,963,159

Health care

Arkansas Workforce Investment Board

Arkansas

$4,952,848

Health care

Automation Alley

Michigan

$5,000,000

Professional, scientific and technical services

Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services Inc.

Minnesota

$1,639,688

Advanced manufacturing

Central Mississippi Planning & Development District Inc.

Mississippi

$5,000,000

Information technology and engineering

Central Piedmont Community College

North Carolina

$4,999,071

Information technology and health IT

City of Boston Economic Development and Industrial Corp.

Massachusetts

$4,999,555

Health care and biotechnology

District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund

Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey

$3,073,122

Health care

Florida Gateway College

Florida

$3,903,957

Health care

Front Range Community College

Colorado

$3,980,813

Health care

Industrial Consultants LLC

California, Washington, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland

$5,000,000

Ammonia refrigeration industry

Los Angeles Southwest College

California

$5,000,000

Engineering and engineering technology

Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership Inc.

Massachusetts

$3,992,908

High-tech and advanced manufacturing

Midlands Technical College

South Carolina

$5,000,000

Insurance and heath information technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey

$5,000,000

Information technology and STEM industries

Northeast Iowa Community College

Iowa

$4,870,648

Advanced manufacturing, health care, professional and business services

Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board Inc.

Connecticut

$5,000,000

Information technology and advanced manufacturing

Northwest State Community College

Ohio

$5,000,000

Information technology

Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program Inc.

Wisconsin

$4,758,656

Health care

Ohio University

Ohio

$4,989,080

Health care

Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Oregon, Washington

$5,000,000

Information technology and manufacturing

Pacific Systems Inc.

Georgia

$4,966,308

Information technology and high technology

Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board Inc.

Florida

$1,836,082

Health care

Regional Center for Workforce Excellence

Pennsylvania

$1,199,050

Information technology and communication

River Valley Community College

New Hampshire

$4,998,775

Advanced manufacturing

San Jacinto Community College District

Texas

$4,996,100

Information technology

Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board

Virginia

$5,000,000

Health care and advanced manufacturing

Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance Inc.

Florida

$3,857,898

Information technology and telecommunications

TechAmerica Foundation

Maryland, Virginia

$4,993,403

Information technology

The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute Inc.

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan

$3,381,000

Advanced manufacturing

The Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City, Mo.

Missouri

$5,000,000

Information technology and engineering

The Research Foundation of SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

New York

$1,387,104

Advanced manufacturing

The University of West Florida

Florida

$3,945,528

Health information technology

The Workforce Alliance

Connecticut

$4,970,000

Information technology, engineering, advanced manufacturing

University of Central Florida

Florida

$5,000,000

Engineering and information technology

University of Texas, El Paso, School of Nursing

Texas

$3,991,880

Health care

West Los Angeles College

California

$4,999,714

Advanced manufacturing, engineering, information technology

WestEd

California

$5,000,000

Information

Worker Education and Resource Center Inc.

California

$1,035,553

Health care

Workforce Development Board of Southeast Los Angeles County

California

$2,174,196

Health care

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas

Texas

$4,991,839

Information technology; professional, scientific and technical services

Workforce Systems Inc.

Oregon, Washington

$4,567,095

High-tech and advanced manufacturing

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Wyoming

$4,924,211

Health care