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Skills Shortages, Partnership Training/System Building Demonstration Program (SGA/DFA 00-102)

LABOR DEPARTMENT AWARDS $10 MILLION TO HELP COMMUNITIES IN 11 STATES AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CRAFT STRATEGIES TO CLOSE CRITICAL SKILLS GAPS AND CREATE JOBS

PRESS RELEASE

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

Media Contact: David Stewart    For Immediate Release
Telephone: 202-219-6871 x 152 Tuesday, June 27, 2000

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding $10,272,838 in grants to help communities in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin develop new systems to train American workers for high-skill jobs in areas where companies are facing labor shortages.

"These grants will help businesses and local leaders address the challenge of keeping workers employed and competitive," said Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman. "We don't have a worker shortage in this country - we have a skills shortage."

The grants will be used to establish new regional partnerships to respond to employers' identified skill shortages. Members will include businesses, associations, labor unions, community colleges and other post-secondary institutions and community and faith-based organizations.

These efforts will include: developing a collaborative approach for the design and implementation of a comprehensive skill shortage action plan; collecting data to assess community employment needs, the availability of workers who possess particular skills in the local labor pool and the availability of training resources; designing training strategies to respond to at least one of the skill shortages identified; pilot-testing these strategies with eligible dislocated workers, incumbent workers and new entrants to the labor force to determine if these strategies meet employers' expressed skill shortage needs; and incorporating the lessons learned at the end of the demonstration so that the partnerships and local workforce systems will continue these efforts to respond to skill shortages.

A list of grant recipients follows:

ALABAMA Federation of Southern Cooperatives $750,000
ARIZONA City of Phoenix $749,947
CALIFORNIA American Works Partnership (Los Angeles Area) $749,652
  San Diego Workforce Partnership $749,523
  NAPA County Regional Employment and Training $750,000
CONNECTICUT New London Development Corporation $750,000
DISTRICT of COLUMBIA The Institute for Responsible Fatherhood & Family Revitalization $750,000
GEORGIA Atlanta Regional Commission $749,861
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute $746,433
NEW YORK The PIC of the City Of New York, Inc. $749,976
PENNSYLVANIA Mantec, Inc. $533,588
RHODE ISLAND Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island $750,000
WASHINGTON Yakima County $744,758
WISCONSIN Wisconsin Modernization Institute $749,100