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Mayor Villaraigosa greets Alisa Allen, single mother of eight children, who received job training as direct result of the City’s Stimulus dollars and is now employed as an MTA bus operator.

 

  Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Release of $10.3 Million of Federal Stimulus Funds for Workforce Training Programs

 

 

 

As part of City's stimulus plan to put Angelenos back to work, funds will be used for vocational training as well as high-wage sector training initiatives

 

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced the release of $10.3 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for workforce training grant opportunities.  As part of the City's stimulus plan to put Angelenos back to work, the Community Development Department (CDD) and Workforce Investment Board (WIB) released two Requests for Proposals to select training service providers for vocational and high wage sector training.

 

“Now is the time to respond to the challenges of this economy and ask Angelenos to get the skills they need to join us on the path to recovery,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.  “The $10.3 million of federal stimulus funds are being strategically allocated to train the next generation of workers who might not otherwise have qualified for training assistance.”

 

Of the $10.3 million, $4 million will be granted to job training service providers that will provide basic skills instruction, academic remediation, and occupational skills for approximately 1,000 individuals.  The remaining $6.3 million will be used to train 2,000 workers for occupations in high-growth, high-wage industry sectors that include construction, transportation, utilities, financial services, public safety, healthcare, green jobs, and green technology.

 

Mayor Villaraigosa was joined by Tyree Wieder, Interim Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, Charlie Woo, Chair of the Workforce Investment Board and several recent WIB funded industry sector training program graduates.

 

"The Los Angeles Community College District is proud to team with the City of Los Angeles, the Workforce Investment Board, the Community Development Department and other agencies that aim to improve workers' job skills," said Dr. Tyree Wieder.  "The training programs being funded by these federal stimulus dollars reflect a key mission of our nine colleges. Our District is committed to preparing students and the community for emerging 21st century jobs."

 

The announcement was made at the nearly completed Van de Kamp Innovation Center, the future site of a healthcare, security, transportation, and green jobs training program.  This state-of-the-art, LEED certified facility, will be home to the Los Angeles Community College District, a City WorkSource Center and various labor, employer and community partners.

 

To date, Los Angeles has received $43.7 million in federal stimulus funds to implement workforce development and job training activities.


The $43.7 million in ARRA funding will create 12,321 jobs including
5,125 jobs for adult and dislocated workers and 7,196 jobs for youth.

 

Unemployed workers and job-seekers can get more information by calling 311 or visiting www.wib.lacity.org.

 

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