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ETA News Release: [01/12/2009]
Contact Name: Jennifer Kaplan or Terry Shawn
Phone Number: (202) 693-5052 or x4676
Release Number: 09-0022-NAT


U.S. Secretary of Labor announces $10 million in grants to expand technology-based learning


Awards will go to 20 projects in 16 states

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced $10 million in grants to increase access to technology-based learning. Twenty projects were selected from a pool of 193 applications.

"These $10 million in grants will increase workers' access to skills training through the Internet, video teleconferencing and other technology-based learning media," said Secretary Chao.

Technology-based learning broadly refers to transmitting knowledge through electronic means, whether over the Internet, through video conferencing, by DVD or via other media. It encompasses scheduled, teacher-student instruction as well as unscheduled, self-directed learning.

Successful applications came from organizations in 16 states. California, Florida, Nevada and Utah each had two proposals chosen. Nine projects involve health care, five cover information technology, two focus on advanced manufacturing and one will train participants in "green" construction skills. The remaining projects involve the transportation, geospatial technology and energy industries. Individual awards start at just over $150,000 and run up to almost $1 million.

The projects will employ a variety of technology-based learning applications, ranging from setting up a "virtual hospital" to help train nurses to using online chat rooms to provide students with one-on-one support. In addition, award-winning projects have teamed up with growing industries, area workforce and economic development entities, and educational institutions including community and four-year colleges. Today's grantees and their partners will carry out their activities over a three-year period.

This competition was announced in the Federal Register on June 20, 2008, and is part of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration's Technology-Based Learning Initiative, which was launched in 2006.

Editor's Note: A list of award-winning organizations and relevant industries is below.


2009 Technology-Based Learning Grants
Award-Winning Organizations

Organization

City

State

Industry

Amount

Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc.

San Diego

Calif.

Information technology

$584,600

County of Orange, OC Community Resources

Santa Ana

Calif.

Health care

$500,000

University of Colorado, Denver

Adams

Colo.

Energy

$502,596

Gulf Coast Community College

Panama City

Fla.

Advanced manufacturing

$499,583

Hillsborough Community College

Tampa

Fla.

Advanced manufacturing

$498,815

State of Illinois

Springfield

Ill.

Information technology

$500,000

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville

Ky.

Health care

$425,181

Dillard University

New Orleans

La.

Construction

$969,090

The Guidance Center

Southgate

Mich.

Health care

$500,000

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas

Nev.

Health care

$420,727

Reno Community Services Agency

Reno

Nev.

Transportation

$499,900

The Research Foundation of the State University of New York

Albany

N.Y.

Health care

$365,666

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh

N.C.

Information technology

$383,686

Temple University Center for Social Policy and Community Development

Philadelphia

Pa.

Information technology

$695,569

Greenville Technical College

Greenville

S.C.

Health care

$154,018

North Central Texas College

Gainesville

Tex.

Health care

$538,947

Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College

Weber

Utah

Information technology

$500,000

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City

Utah

Health care

$500,000

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale

Va.

Geospatial technology

$492,458

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Parkersburg

W.Va.

Health care

$469,164

Total = $10,000,000