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U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $5.9 Million for On-the-Job Training Grants

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American Government Topics:  Ray LaHood

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $5.9 Million for On-the-Job Training Grants

Federal Highway Administration
August 26, 2010

FHWA 39-10
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel: 202-366-0660

Resources will Aid Worker Training in 19 States and Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $5.9 million in grants to support transportation-related job training in 19 states and Washington, D.C.

The grants from the Federal Highway Administration’s On the Job Training/ Supportive Services (OJT/SS) program will fund apprenticeships and training opportunities for underrepresented or disadvantaged people pursuing careers in transportation, engineering or construction.

“America can never have enough well-trained employees to keep our transportation system running smoothly," said Secretary LaHood. "These grants will help put people back to work and train those who 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.

"Ensuring transportation workers are properly trained is an important part of economic recovery," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "These grants will help us build a skilled workforce to keep our nation’s highway system the best in the world."

Details of today's awardees are as follows:

State

Recipient Organization

Amount Awarded

Alabama

Alabama Department of Transportation – Displaced Workers Recruitment Program

$269,892

Arkansas

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

$68,478

California

Northern California Teamsters Apprentice Training

$307,841

California

California State University – Los Angeles (Infrastructure Academy Transportation Program II)

$254,957

Washington, DC

Trans-Tech Academy – Cardozo High School

$400,000

Delaware

Delaware Department of Transportation OJT/SS Program

$78,231

Florida

Florida Department of Transportation OJT/SS Program

$80,710

Georgia

Goodwill of North Georgia/Georgia Women in Construction

$292,000

Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Transportation - Construction Career Days

$13,395

Idaho

Idaho State University - Highway Transportation Training of Women and Minority Civil Engineering Students

$190,577

Idaho

Idaho Department of Corrections and Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

$226,894

Illinois

OJT/SS Program

$713,250

Kansas

Kansas Department of Transportation

$155,451

Kansas

Kansas Department of Transportation

$169,725

Minnesota

Highway-Heavy Partnering Program

$253,555

Minnesota

Highway-Heavy Opportunities Training (HOT) Program

$519,022

Missouri

Construction Prep Center

$289,000

Missouri

Job Point/Columbia Builds Youth

$473,912

Montana

Salish Kootenai College

$314,809

Montana

Fort Peck Community College

$191,946

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Transportation OJT/SS Program

$36,000

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Construction Career Days

$31,950

Ohio

Ohio Department of Transportation OJT/SS Program

$137,854

Rhode Island

Transportation Educational Clusters Program

$193,711

South Dakota

Southeast Technical Institute Heavy Equipment Operations

$213,000

Washington

Washington State Department of Transportation OJT/SS Program

$54,131

TOTAL

 

$5,923,291

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