THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES $9.5 MILLION TO HELP TEN STATES TRAIN WORKERS IN HIGH TECH SKILLS
Washington, DC -- Vice President Gore announced today that ten states across the country will receive $9.5 million to help workers who have been laid off get training in advanced manufacturing skills.
Specifically, the Vice President announced the following Department of Labor grants: FL - $895,872; IL - $1,000,000; MA - $1,000,000; MD - $989,900; MI - $1,000,000; MO - $982,112; NY - $938,302; OH - $989,370; PA - $776,947; WI - $1,000,000.
"In this era of global competition and rapid technological changes, technology is one of the most important factors in sustaining economic growth," Vice President Gore said. "These grants will focus on training workers for industries experiencing a shortage of skilled workers."
"The goal is to prepare these workers who may have obsolete skills with the high-tech skills that will guarantee their future," US Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman said. "Local manufacturers will identify the skills that are needed for the jobs they know will be there."
Services available include assessment of worker skills and abilities, career counseling, customized classroom and on-the-job training, academic tutoring, work internships and job placement assistance. In addition, support services such as child care and transportation assistance may be available to enable project participants to participate in training.
These funds are authorized under Title III of the Job Training Partnership Act. Participants must be dislocated or at risk of losing their jobs.
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