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FHWA 18-09Contact: Doug Hecox
Thursday, July 9, 2009Tel.: (202) 366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary Awards $6.7 Million in Training Grants
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Helps Provide Job Training for Transportation Related Careers in Fourteen States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced $6.7 million in job training grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in fourteen states across the country. The grants will fund apprenticeships and training centers for underrepresented or disadvantaged people seeking careers in transportation, engineering or construction.

"Providing individuals with the job training skills they need is key to keeping our highway system up and running," said Secretary Ray LaHood. "These training programs will help ensure that the American highway system has able stewards for years to come."

The "On-the Job Training Supportive Services" (OJT/SS) grants were included in ARRA to supplement federal training programs and to support the training programs of state departments of transportation for highway construction contractors, apprentices and trainees. The OJT/SS program encourages completion of training programs and promotes training opportunities for minorities and women in skilled and semi-skilled crafts.

One successful example of the OJT/SS programs is Virginia's Wounded Veteran's Internship program which started in 2006. The program helps wounded active-duty military personnel keep job skills sharp, or develop new ones, while they recuperate.

Details of today's awardees are as follows:

State Recipient Organization Amount
California Pacific Gateway/City of Long Beach $130,000
California Cypress Mandela Training Center $55,000
California Center for Training and Careers $60,000
California Asian Business Community Development, Inc. $73,217
California Sacramento Employment and Training Agency $90,000
Colorado AIMS Community College $250,000
Georgia Georgia Women in Highway Construction (Goodwill Industries) $171,095
Kansas Northeast Kansas Project $200,402
Kansas Wichita Metro Area OJT/SS Program $224,600
Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Drivers Program $286,812
Missouri Construction Prep Center $145,000
Missouri Columbia Builds Youth $190,434
Montana Salish Kootenai College $342,860
Montana Fort Peck Community College $334,320
Oregon Oregon Workforce Development Program $880,000
Rhode Island State OJT/SS Program $350,000
South Carolina Transportation Careers Training Program $227,546
Tennessee Civil Rights Office/Affirmative Action Program $800,000
Utah State OJT/SS Program $373,890
Virginia Wounded Veterans Internship Program $1.2 million
Wisconsin WisDOT TrANS Expansion-Forward Services Corp. $195,148
Wisconsin WisDOT TrANS Expansion-College of Menominee Nation $200,000
TOTAL   $6,780,324

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