U.S. Transportation Secretary Awards $11.8 Million in Training Grants
Topics: Ray LaHood
Federal Highway Administration
22 March 2010
Contact: Nancy Singer
Monday, March 22, 2010
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Supporting Job Training for Transportation-Related Careers in 19 States and Two Territories
WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $11.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) job training grants for 19 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.
The grants, from the Federal Highway Administration's "On the Job Training/Supportive Services" (OJT/SS) program, fund apprenticeships and training centers for underrepresented or disadvantaged people pursuing careers in transportation, engineering or construction.
"Creating good jobs is what the Recovery Act is about, and these grants help people to get them and do them well," said Secretary LaHood. "We can never have enough well-trained people to help take care of our highway system, and these grants support those who help us keep America moving."
Created in 1998, the OJT/SS program promotes training opportunities for women and minorities who continue to be underrepresented in the highway construction industry's skilled and semi-skilled crafts, such as masonry and carpentry.
"By giving people the skills they need to succeed in highway construction," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, "these grants will help people find jobs and are a valuable part of our efforts to sustain economic recovery."
A notable example of the OJT/SS programs is the Wounded Warrior program, which has been adopted by many states to help wounded active-duty military personnel keep job skills sharp or develop new ones while they recuperate. Colorado and Idaho each received grants for their Wounded Warrior programs.
Details of today's awardees are as follows:
|State||Recipient Organization||Amount Awarded ($)|
|Alabama||Surface Transportation Internship Program||269,658|
|California||Northern California Teamsters Apprentice Training||208,543|
|California||Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA)||338,590|
|California||Century Community Training Program (CCTP)||290,000|
|California||United Job Creation Council (UJCC)||254,840|
|California||Family Management Matters (Warriors Career Bridge)||256,620|
|California||Pacific Gateway - City of Long Beach||230,789|
|California||Center for Training and Careers (CTC)||796,415|
|California||California Disabled Veteran Business (DVBE) Alliance||367,483|
|Colorado||Colorado Department of Transportation||210,000|
|Guam||Guam Transportation Training Program||900,000|
|Guam||Guam Transportation Training Program - Pacific Islanders Training Center||660,000|
|Idaho||Idaho Technology Transfer Center||55,448|
|Illinois||Illinois Department of Transportation||1,189,635|
|Maryland||Maryland State Highway Administration||240,000|
|Maine||Maine Department of Transportation||351,409|
|Michigan||Michigan Department of Transportation||514,500|
|Minnesota||Roads Opportunities and Diversity Success||173,232|
|Minnesota||Highway-Heavy Opportunities Training Program||739,200|
|Missouri||Missouri Department of Transportation OJT/SS Program||240,851|
|Montana||Salish Kootenai College||364,987|
|Nevada||Nevada Department of Transportation||240,428|
|New York||Youth Construction Initiative Program (YCIP)||848,019|
|Ohio||Ohio Department of Transportation||318,416|
|Oklahoma||Association of Oklahoma Contractors||96,180|
|Oregon||Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Workforce Development Program||60,010|
|Oregon||Pre-Apprenticeship Education for Ironwork and Welding||120,000|
|Pennsylvania||Construction Inspection Technical Assistant Training Program||169,023|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Department of Transportation OJT/SS Program||300,000|
|Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority OJT/SS Program||41,101|
|Texas||Texas Construction Career Academy||213,263|
|West Virginia||Step Up for Women||292,000|
|West Virginia||West Virginia State Community and Technical College||198,353|
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