If your job has been eliminated and you need to be trained to do something else, high-tail it to your local community college or employment center STAT! The U.S. Department of Labor just announced more than $225 million in health care and high growth training grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grants will help community colleges, community-based organizations, state workforce agencies and other public entities to train workers in health care fields and other growing industries.
Of the funds, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said, "The Recovery Act funded grants announced today will ensure thousands of workers across the nation can receive high-quality training and employment services, which will lead to good jobs in health care and other industries offering career-track employment and good pay and benefits."
That means, if you're an out of work auto-industry worker, for example, there are government funds available for you now to be re-trained in a field where there are more jobs.
While each project will focus on targeted regional populations, approximately $25 million is reserved for projects serving communities impacted by automotive industry restructuring. "Workers in communities hardest hit by auto layoffs will receive additional resources to help them prepare for and find new jobs," said Dr. Edward Montgomery, executive director of the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers.
Fifty-five organizations will receive more than $2 million in funding.
Organizations receiving $5 million each:
- San Jose State University Research Foundation, San Jose, Calif
- Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indianapolis, Ind.
- American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
- University Behavioral Associates, Inc., Bronx, N.Y.
- University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.
- Centerstone of Tennessee, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
- Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia, Wash.
Organizations receiving $4 through $4.9 million:
- Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento, Calif.
- San Diego State University Research Foundation, San Diego, Calif.
- San Bernardino Community College District, San Bernardino, Calif.
- Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colo.
- Providence Health Foundation of Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C.
- Governors State University, University Park, Ill.
- Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
- Louisiana Technical College, Greater Arcadiana Region 4, Lafayette, La.
- Southern University at Shreveport, La.
- Maine Department of Labor, Augusta, Maine
- The Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore Md.
- Macomb Community College, Warren, Mich.
- Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River Falls, Minn.
- MN State Colleges & Universities DBA Pine Technical College, Pine City, Minn.
- South Central College, North Mankato, Minn.
- The Montgomery Institute, Meridian, Miss.
- Full Employment Council, Kansas City, Mo.
- Maryville University, St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.
- Passaic County Community College, Paterson, N.J.
- Barea Children's Home, Berea, Ohio
- Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio
- Florelnce-Darlington Technical College, Florence, S.C
- North Central Texas College, Gainesville, Texas
- San Jacinto Community College District, Pasadena, Texas
- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas
- Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc., Harrisonburg, Va.
Now, before you get upset because you didn't see any funds in your area, you can find a complete list of the most recent funding. Also, know that this is the sixth round of almost $750 million in grants made available for employment and training through the Recovery Act. Check with your local employment organization to see if any of these funds might have already been granted in your area, and are still available.
Auto communities benefiting from these programs are listed in the grant summaries found at http://www.doleta.gov/factsheet/ARRA_Health_and_Other.pdf.