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ETA News Release: [01/20/2010]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0078-NAT

US Department of Labor announces nearly $190 million in State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants for green jobs

Department's 2010 investment in green jobs edges toward $440 million mark in 3 weeks

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $190 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants are designed to teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. This set of green grants is the third awarded in as many weeks by the U.S. Department of Labor. Less than a month into 2010, the department's investment in this growing area of the job marketplace is close to the $440 million mark.

"These grants will help workers gain access to good jobs, while supporting the sort of statewide energy efficiency strategies that play a crucial role in building the green economy of the 21st century," said Secretary Solis.

Thirty-four awards ranging from approximately $2 million to $6 million each are being made to state workforce investment boards in partnership with their state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards or regional consortia of boards, and One-Stop Career Center delivery systems. Through the grant awards announced today, program participants will receive the technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry recognized credentials.

These grants are designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Create an integrated system of education, training and supportive services that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development for low-income, low- skilled workers leading to employment in green industries.
  • Support states in implementing a statewide energy sector strategy including governors' overall workforce visions, state energy policies and training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce.
  • Develop new partnerships with other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support strategic planning and implementation efforts.

Today's grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries. For a full listing of the grants and project descriptions, visit http://www.doleta.gov/pdf/SESP_Summaries.pdf. To view a video by Secretary Solis, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/energysector/.

To find out more about job training opportunities available through the Department of Labor, call the National Contact Center's toll-free helpline at: 866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365) or TTY 877-889-5627.

Editor's Note: Charts reflecting the grantees announced today is below.


State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants

Grant Recipient

State

AUTO- IMPACTED COUNTIES SERVED

Award AMOUNT

PARTICIPANTS Served

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

Alabama

Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes, Butler, Madison, Limestone and Marshall

$6,000,000

Veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, low-income workers and disadvantaged individuals

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Alaska

N/A

$3,600,000

Minorities, recipients of public assistance, veterans, people with disabilities, low-income individuals, unemployed and underemployed individuals, dislocated workers, out-of-school youth and incumbent workers

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Arizona

N/A

$5,000,000

Dislocated workers, underemployed workers, veterans, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records and individuals with disabilities

Arkansas Workforce Investment Board/Department of Workforce Services

Arkansas

Cleburne, Desha, Greene and Logan

$4,866,479

High school dropouts, offenders, unemployed workers, and other disadvantaged, at-risk individuals

State of California Employment Development Department

California

Alameda and Los Angeles

$6,000,000

Dislocated workers, veterans, unemployed and underemployed workers, low-income youth and adults, new workforce entrants, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Colorado

N/A

$5,998,050

Older workers, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, dislocated workers and ex-offenders

Connecticut Employment and Training Commission

Connecticut

N/A

$3,360, 000

Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, underrepresented ethnic minorities and recent immigrants

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Hawaii

N/A

$6,000,000

Incumbent workers, low-income/low-skilled individuals, disadvantaged persons with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities and veterans

Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho

N/A

$5,991,184

Veterans, dislocated workers, low-skill adults and youth, and other targeted populations

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Illinois

Boone, Cook and McLean

$6,000,000

Low-skilled individuals, new labor market entrants, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, underemployed individuals, veterans, minority contractors, disadvantaged adults and youth, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Indiana

45 counties – for a list, see http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/Amend-01-SGA-DFA-PY-08-20.pdf

$6,000,000

Incumbent and dislocated workers, unemployed workers, adults with barrier to employment, and out-of-school youth

Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa

Cass, Chickasaw, Fremont, Howard, Iowa, Louisa, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Union and Wright

$5,997,000

Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals and incumbent workers

Kansas Department of Commerce

Kansas

Allen

$5,999, 890

Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, older youth, former prisoners and individuals seeking career pathways out of poverty

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Kentucky

Cumberland, Fulton, Hopkins, Pulaski and Trigg

$4,740,457

Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, out-of-school youth and veterans

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Maryland

N/A

$5,793,183

Incumbent and dislocated workers, veterans and reservists, low-wage workers and individuals with criminal records

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Massachusetts

N/A

$5,973,657

Unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers

Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth

Michigan

Midland, Saginaw, Genesee, Bay, Roscommon, Losco, Livingston, Monroe, Wayne, Clair, Macomb and Oakland

$5,819,999

Dislocated workers and incumbent workers

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota

Clearwater and Ramsey

$6,000,000

Unemployed workers, incumbent workers, individuals with limited English proficiency, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, individuals with criminal records, high school dropouts, youth, dislocated workers, veterans and minority populations

Missouri Division of Workforce Development

Missouri

St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Clay County and Randolph County

$6,000,000

Veterans and active duty military personnel, incumbent workers and unemployed workers

Nebraska Department of Labor

Nebraska

Dawson

$4,839,511

Workers impacted by energy policy, incumbent workers, veterans, unemployed individuals, at-risk youth and individuals with criminal records

Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

Nevada

N/A

$6,000,000

Dislocated workers, individuals with criminal records, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are homeless, veterans, former foster youth, young pregnant and single mothers, individuals receiving public assistance and other low-income individuals

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

New Jersey

Middlesex and Union

$6,000,000

Out-of school youth, adults with limited basic skills, individuals with criminal histories and individuals with disabilities

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

New Mexico

N/A

$5,999,989

Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, women, veterans, military spouses and high school dropouts

North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development

North Carolina

Scotland

$5,976,512

Unemployed workers, military spouses, veterans, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records, farmers, and migrant and seasonal workers

State of Ohio

Ohio

44 counties – for a list see http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/Amend-01-SGA-DFA-PY-08-20.pdf

$6,000,000

Dislocated workers, veterans, women, minorities and Appalachian residents

State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma and Marshall

$6,000,000

Unemployed workers and incumbent workers

State of Oregon

Oregon

N/A

$5,383,568

Unemployed workers and incumbent workers

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry

Pennsylvania

Allegheny and Tioga

$6,000,000

Dislocated workers, youth and high school dropouts, individuals with disabilities, veterans and individuals with limited English proficiency

South Dakota Department of Labor

South Dakota

N/A

$2,500,000

Veterans, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, and individuals with a criminal record

Utah Department of Workforce Services

Utah

Box Elder

$4,600,000

Dislocated workers, disadvantaged youth and veterans

Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Washington

N/A

$5,973,635

Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, low-income adults, individuals with disabilities and veterans

WorkForce West Virginia

West Virginia

Putnam

$6,000,000

Veterans, unemployed workers and individuals with criminal records

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wisconsin

Kenosha and Rock

$6,000,000

Veterans, dislocated workers impacted by auto industry restructuring, individuals who are currently employed in the targeted trades and in need of updated green building or green manufacturing skills training, recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals

Wyoming Workforce Development Council

Wyoming

N/A

$4,495,704

Unemployed individuals, tribal members, individuals with criminal records, veterans, at-risk youth and dislocated workers