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

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