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ETA News Release: [06/16/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia or Mike Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x3414
Release Number: 10-0831-NAT

US Department of Labor announces more than $14 million in health care career grants supported by Recovery Act

Grants will elevate web support to help highlight career
and employment opportunities in health care sector

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $14.7 million in health care career grants authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The four grantees are the American Association of Community Colleges, Goodwill Industries International, the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services and SER-Jobs for Progress National Inc. The grants will support projects designed to provide health care training and virtual service-delivery models (i.e., web-based services) to promote career opportunities in the health care sector.

"The health care field offers fruitful career opportunities, and the Labor Department is committed to providing the required tools for national organizations working to inform and train interested individuals," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Many community-based organizations offering career guidance services lack the required technology to get the job done, and our goal is to increase their capacity through these grants."

Health Care Virtual Career Platform — This grant in the amount of $6.6 million awarded to one national nonprofit organization will enable it, working closely with its partners, to provide web-based services designed to explore health care careers and employment and training options in the health care sector.

Capacity-Building Grants — These grants, totaling $8.1 million and awarded to three national community- and faith-based organizations, will help the grantees ensure that appropriate computer technology equipment is available; establish adequate capacity and speed of Internet connections at all affiliate locations; provide all partners with necessary software tools for pre-training and training activities, including computer literacy, career exploration and career development; and implement training for career coaches and provide staffing resources at the local level.

The following chart outlines more specifics about each of the four grant recipients and local areas to be served through these grants.

Category 1: Health Care Virtual Career Platform

Grantee:

American Association of Community Colleges

Project Name:

Health Care Career Central

Amount:

$6,600,000

Key Partners:

National Association of Workforce Boards; the American Council on Education; the National Association of State Workforce Agencies; the Direct Employers Association; the Department of Defense; Jobs for the Future; the American Dental Education's Explore Health Careers; XPAND; Education 2 Go; and ISEEK

Category 2: Capacity-Building Grants: Enhancing the Ability of Community and Faith-Based Organizations to Deliver Virtual Career Exploration Services, Including Health Care Careers (three grantees)

Grantee:

Goodwill Industries International

Project Name:

Good Prospects

Amount:

$3,000,000

Area Served:

84 cities, counties and communities within eight states: Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia, California, Louisiana and Illinois.

Participants Served:

Unemployed/dislocated workers, welfare recipients, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, older workers and non-English speaking populations

Grantee:

International Association of Jewish Vocational Services

Project Name:

Virtual Career Exploration Gateway Project

Amount:

$2,894,473

Area Served:

Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Francisco, Calif.; state of New Jersey; and state of New York.

Participants Served:

Ethnically diverse populations including immigrants and refugees; at-risk populations; low income persons; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients; persons with disabilities; youth aging out of the foster care system; ex-offenders; veterans; seniors; homeless individuals; and victims of domestic violence

Grantee:

SER-Jobs for Progress National Inc.

Project Name:

Coaching to Care Initiative

Amount:

$2,223,649.80

Area Served:

Fresno, Calif.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Chicago, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Fall River, Mass.; Roxbury, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; Camden, N.J.; Allentown, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Waco, Texas

Participants Served:

Economically disadvantaged and minority populations

For a full listing and project description of each grant recipient, visit http://www.doleta.gov.