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ETA News Release: [10/04/2011]
Contact Name: David Roberts or Joshua Lamont
Phone Number: (202) 693-5945 or x4661
Release Number: 11-1453-NAT

US Labor Department awards more than $159 million for technical skills training to help American workers fill jobs in high-growth fields

Grants target industries in 20 states and DC that rely on H-1B visa program for skilled workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $159,266,650 in grants to 36 public-private partnerships serving 20 states and the District of Columbia through the first 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, such as advanced manufacturing, energy, health care and information technology.

"These grants are an important part of the administration's efforts to help ensure that our workers have the chance to succeed in new and emerging fields, and that growing businesses have access to the skilled American workforce they need," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Secretary Solis announced the grant awards during a press conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington, which received nearly $4.2 million to support training in health care information technology.

More than $85 million of the total announced today will be used to provide training to individuals who have been unemployed for longer than six months. In addition, more than $70 million will be used to provide on-the-job training, which allows participants to learn new skills while earning a regular paycheck. All of the grantees are required — as demonstrated on their applications — to partner with at least one area employer that will provide assistance in one of the following areas: defining program goals and activities, identifying necessary skills and competencies, providing resources to support education and training, or helping design the program.

These grants are funded through fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B program. The grants 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 for on-the-job training will be available for the second round. Interested parties are encouraged to visit http://www.grants.gov to check eligibility requirements and apply. The competition will close on Nov. 17.

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

Grantee

State

Amount

Targeted Industries and Occupations

Pima County

Arizona

$1,318,326

Aerospace/defense and other high-tech industries

Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.*

California

$3,047,634

Computer software and medical services (health care)

California Manufacturers & Technology Association

California

$5,000,000

Advanced manufacturing and information technology

City of Santa Ana^

California

$4,997,479

Engineering

Managed Career Solutions Inc.*^

California

$5,000,000

Health care and social assistance

Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network*

California

$2,816,309

Health care

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment*

Colorado

$5,000,000

Information technology; science, technology, engineering and math; advanced manufacturing

Capital Workforce Partners*^

Connecticut

$4,986,817

Health care and health information technology

The WorkPlace Inc.

Connecticut

$4,936,845

Health care

The Catholic University of America

District of Columbia

$4,175,500

Health care information technology

Alachua Bradford Regional Workforce Board*^

Florida

$4,947,404

Health care, biomanufacturing

Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership*^

Florida

$4,941,552

Manufacturing

WorkNet Pinellas Inc.*

Florida

$4,808,828

Allied health and nursing

Atlanta Technical College^

Georgia

$4,840,025

Bioscience and biotechnology

Urban League of Greater Atlanta*^

Georgia

$4,821,715

Information technology

Johnson County Community College

Kansas

$2,897,418

Health information technology

Kansas Department of Commerce^

Kansas

$4,998,066

Engineering

The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Inc.*

Kansas

$5,000,000

Aerospace products and parts manufacturing

Gateway Community and Technical College

Kentucky

$4,968,708

Information technology, instructional design technology

Coastal Counties Workforce Inc*^

Maine

$4,999,858

Advanced manufacturing and information technology

Capital Area MichiganWorks!*

Michigan

$4,437,841

Information technology

American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center*

Minnesota

$5,000,000

Health care and information technology

Manchester Community College*

New Hampshire

$4,999,426

Health care and health information technology

New York State Department of Labor

New York

$5,000,000

Advanced manufacturing and health care

Cuyahoga Community College District*

Ohio

$4,084,007

Information technology and health care

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services^

Ohio

$5,000,000

Information technology

Oklahoma Department of Commerce^

Oklahoma

$5,000,000

Construction/architecture

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation*

Pennsylvania

$3,045,533

Advanced manufacturing, health care and natural gas

Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board^

Pennsylvania

$3,302,460

Advanced manufacturing

Memphis Bioworks Foundation*

Tennessee

$3,743,098

Health care and social assistance

Project QUEST Inc.*

Texas

$5,000,000

Health care

Tarrant County Local Workforce Development Board^

Texas

$5,000,000

Information technology, engineering aerospace and defense industry

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston*

Texas

$4,947,159

Health care: clinical laboratory science, health services

Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Consortium

Virginia

$5,000,000

Health care

National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc.^

Virginia

$2,232,492

Advanced manufacturing

W-O-W Workforce Development Inc.^

Wisconsin

$4,972,150

Advanced manufacturing


* indicates the grant will include activities targeted to help the long-term unemployed
^ indicates the grant will include on-the-job training