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H-1B TECHNICAL SKILL TRAINING GRANTS 3rd ROUND (SGA/DFA 00-108)

PRESS RELEASE

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

Media Contact:    Kathy Noll For Immediate Release
Telephone: 202-219-6871    Friday, October 20, 2000

PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES $54 MILLION IN GRANTS TO TRAIN U.S. WORKERS FOR HIGH-TECH JOBS OFTEN FILLED BY FOREIGN WORKERS

The U.S. Department of Labor today launched a third round of demonstration grants to fund high-skill training for American workers in areas where companies are facing labor shortages.

"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Labor is investing $54 million to help train American workers for jobs in information technology and other high-tech industries," said President Clinton. "This is an essential part of our strategy to ensure that all Americans have the skills necessary to winhigh-wage jobs in the new economy ."

This round represents the final portion of more than $95 million the Labor Department is investing this year in fees received through the H1-B visa program that allows companies to hire temporary foreign workers.

The funds will enable American workers to receive training in such targeted occupations as computer engineering, internet technology, web design, client server application development, data communications and networking, computer support specialties, software quality assurance analysis, electronics, machinist skills, accounting, e-commerce, and health care occupations.

"We don't have a worker shortage in this country, but we do have a skills shortage," Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman said. "The skills training made possible by these 22 grants will assist incumbent workers and dislocated workers as well as those new to the labor force."

Two earlier funding rounds took place in March and July. The first round funded nine programs, totaling $12.4 million, while the second round provided $29.1 million for 12 programs.

The H1-B grants build on several Labor Department initiatives that address high-tech skill shortages, including:

  • June 2000: $10.2 million to establish or strengthen regional partnerships aimed at meeting employers' identified skill shortages.
  • March 2000: $15.2 million for regional skills consortium building.
  • June 1999: $9.57 million to train dislocated workers in computer and electronics manufacturing, machinery and motor vehicles, chemicals and petroleum, specialized instruments and biomedics.
  • June 1998: $7.5 million to 11 organizations to train dislocated workers in information technology skills.

Funding for the grants announced today comes from a portion of the $500 fee companies now pay for each H-1B non-immigrant visa for which they apply under 1998's American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act.

Under legislation (H.R. 5362) signed by President Clinton on Oct. 17, 2000, employers using the H-1B program will pay a fee of $1,000 per H-1B visa, generating an additional $101 million in FY 2001 with which the Labor Department will fund projects to train U.S. workers in high-tech skills.

The National Science Foundation will have an additional $69 million under the new legislation in FY 2001 for scholarships for low-income college students studying math, engineering and computer science, and for math, science and technology education in elementary, middle and high schools.

A list of the grantees is attached.


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Third Round H1-B Grantees

October 2000

California
Grantee: Napa County
Grant Amount: $2,800,000

California
Grantee: Selaco Workforce Investment Board (Cerritos, Calif.) Grant Amount: $2,800,000

District of Columbia
Grantee: District of Columbia Workforce Investment Council/Trinity College
Grant Amount: $1,527,954

Illinois
Grantee: City of Peoria
Grant Amount: $1,099,000

Indiana
Grantee: Northeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board
Grant Amount: $1,750,000

Iowa
Grantee: Central Iowa Employment and Training
Grant Amount: $2,157,770

Louisiana
Grantee: City of New Orleans
Grant Amount : $2,708,305

Massachusetts
Grantee: Metro North Regional Employment Board (Malden, Mass.)
Grant Amount: $2,372,522

Missouri
Grantee: Full Employment Council (Kansas City)
Grant Amount: $2,678,147

Missouri
Grantee: St. Louis Workforce Investment Board
Grant Amount: $2,800,000

New Jersey
Grantee: City of Newark Workforce Investment Board
Grant Amount: $2,770,000

New York
Grantee: Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board
Grant Amount: $2,799,951

New York
Grantee: League/SEIU 1199 Training and Upgrading Fund (New York City) Grant Amount: $2,751,787

North Carolina
Grantee: City of Greensboro
Grant Amount: $2,721,000

Ohio
Grantee: Cuyahoga County
Grant Amount: $970,000

Oregon
Grantee: Worksystems, Inc. (Portland)
Grant Amount: $2,800,000

Pennsylvania
Grantee: Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board
Grant Amount: $2,797,189

South Dakota
Grantee: South Dakota Department of Labor
Grant Amount: $2,714,720

Tennessee
Grantee: Workforce Essentials, Inc. (Clarksville-Nashville)
Grant Amount: $2,800,000

Texas
Grantee: North Central Texas Council of Governments (Arlington)
Grant Amount: $2,800,000

Vermont
Grantee: State of Vermont
Grant Amount: $2,658,055

Virginia
Grantee: Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Investment Board
Grant Amount: $2,723,600

Total: $54,000,000