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Wednesday, July 1, 1998


Vice President Al Gore and Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor will award grants totaling $7.5 million to 11 organizations throughout the country. The money will be used to develop and test public-private partnerships that will train dislocated workers in technology-related occupations and industries.

"Today's new economy -- fueled by innovation, information and new technologies--requires a new investment in our workforce," Vice President Gore said. "We must ensure that the workers of today get the skills, education and training they'll need for the jobs of tomorrow."

"We must provide American workers, who have lost jobs because of downsizing, with the skills and opportunities to find new jobs in the rapidly growing hi-tech industries," said Herman. "We don't have a job shortage in this country we have a skills shortage. We want to make sure American workers are prepared to get these good paying jobs. These grants will bring together employers and training providers to develop strategies to meet our nation's need for skilled technology workers."

The 11 grants for two-year demonstration projects are authorized under the Title III of the Job Training Partnership Act. The dislocated worker program is a comprehensive re-training approach to assist workers who have been, or are about to be, laid off for reasons such as technological change, foreign competition, natural disasters or government actions. Generally such workers are eligible if they are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation.

The recipients are:

  • the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee, which is receiving $750,000 for the Launch Pad Demonstration Project to assist 150 dislocated workers, especially women, with good math skills gain information technology (IT) skills for entry-level IT jobs;
  • the Southeastern Connecticut Private Industry Council, Inc., in New London, Connecticut, which is receiving $749,400 to collaborate with the University of New Haven's Southeastern campus, Technology for Connecticut, Analysis & Technology, Computer Sciences Corporation and Sonalysts, Inc. to operate an innovative program to meet regional shortages of information technology workers;
  • the Seattle-King County Private Industry Council, which is receiving $750,000, to work with Bellevue Community College to develop the Technology Innovations Program, a One-Stop/community college technology training program particularly for older women and people with disabilities;
  • the Northern Virginia Community College System, in Herndon, Virginia, which is receiving $735,383 for the Northern Virginia Technology Workforce Initiative for Dislocated Workers, involving high-technology executives, local government officials, educators and civic leaders in a partnership to retrain workers in technology-oriented skills;
  • the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, in Boston, which is receiving $750,000 to retrain and re-employ dislocated workers seeking jobs in high-technology systems support work;
  • Bates Technical College, in Tacoma, Washington, which is receiving $680,718 to train 76 students in a five-county area in programming, PC maintenance and network support, and place 52 students in careers requiring information-technology and other advanced technology skills;
  • Eastern New Mexico University, in Roswell, New Mexico, which is receiving $750,000 for a project using new training technologies and distance learning to serve 350 unskilled dislocated workers in a large area of southeastern New Mexico and western Texas;
  • the City of Phoenix, Human Services Department, Employment and Training Division, which is receiving $750,000 for the TECH-LINK project in the Phoenix One-Stop Career Center to bring together employers and training providers to train workers in a variety of computer-systems occupations;
  • Mitretek Systems, in McLean, Virginia, which is receiving $724,478 for the TekAid project to help dislocated workers develop sufficient skills to transition into information-technology jobs initially focusing on Year 2000 and other legacy application problems.
  • the City of Oklahoma City, which is receiving $217,654 to train dislocated workers, particularly women, in software programs such as PowerBuilder and Java, and
  • the Southeast Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc., in Rochester, Minnesota, which is receiving $656,558 to train dislocated workers for jobs in high-technology fields with labor shortages, including computer scientists and engineers, information-technology technicians and computer assemblers.


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