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US Labor Department awards more than $159 million for technical skills training to help American workers fill jobs in high-growth fields

Published Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2011

Grants target industries in 20 states and DC that rely on H-1B visa program for skilled workers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $159,266,650 in grants to 36 public-private partnerships serving 20 states and the District of Columbia through the first round of funding under the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition. The grants will provide education, training and job placement assistance related to high-growth fields in which employers are currently using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to hire foreign workers, such as advanced manufacturing, energy, health care and information technology.

"These grants are an important part of the administration's efforts to help ensure that our workers have the chance to succeed in new and emerging fields, and that growing businesses have access to the skilled American workforce they need," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Secretary Solis announced the grant awards during a press conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington, which received nearly $4.2 million to support training in health care information technology.  

More than $85 million of the total announced today will be used to provide training to individuals who have been unemployed for longer than six months. In addition, more than $70 million will be used to provide on-the-job training, which allows participants to learn new skills while earning a regular paycheck. All of the grantees are required – as demonstrated on their applications – to partner with at least one area employer that will provide assistance in one of the following areas:  defining program goals and activities, identifying necessary skills and competencies, providing resources to support education and training, or helping design the program.

These grants are funded through fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B program. The grants are intended to raise the technical skill levels of American workers and, over time, help businesses reduce their need to use the H-1B program.  

The original solicitation for grant applications announced funding of $240 million to be awarded through two rounds of funding. Because additional H-1B visa fees have been collected, about $100 million more than anticipated for on-the-job training will be available for the second round. Interested parties are encouraged to visit to check eligibility requirements and apply.  The competition will close on Nov. 17.

Editor's note: A complete list of grantees, including their locations, award amounts and targeted industries, follows this news release.


Grantee State Amount Targeted Industries and Occupations  
Pima County Arizona $1,318,326 Aerospace/defense and other high-tech industries  
Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.* California $3,047,634 Computer software and medical services (health care)  
California Manufacturers & Technology Association California $5,000,000 Advanced manufacturing and information technology  
City of Santa Ana^ California $4,997,479 Engineering  
Managed Career Solutions Inc.*^ California $5,000,000 Health care and social assistance  
Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network* California $2,816,309 Health care  
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment* Colorado $5,000,000 Information technology; science, technology, engineering and math; advanced manufacturing  
Capital Workforce Partners*^ Connecticut $4,986,817 Health care and health information technology  
The WorkPlace Inc. Connecticut $4,936,845 Health care  
The Catholic University of America District of Columbia $4,175,500 Health care information technology  
Alachua Bradford Regional Workforce Board*^ Florida $4,947,404 Health care, biomanufacturing  
Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership*^ Florida $4,941,552 Manufacturing  
WorkNet Pinellas Inc.* Florida $4,808,828 Allied health and nursing  
Atlanta Technical College^ Georgia $4,840,025 Bioscience and biotechnology  
Urban League of Greater Atlanta*^ Georgia $4,821,715 Information technology  
Johnson County Community College Kansas $2,897,418 Health information technology  
Kansas Department of Commerce^ Kansas $4,998,066 Engineering  
The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas Inc.* Kansas $5,000,000 Aerospace products and parts manufacturing  
Gateway Community and Technical College Kentucky $4,968,708 Information technology, instructional design technology  
Coastal Counties Workforce Inc*^ Maine $4,999,858 Advanced manufacturing and information technology  
Capital Area MichiganWorks!* Michigan $4,437,841 Information technology  
American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center* Minnesota $5,000,000 Health care and information technology  
Manchester Community College* New Hampshire $4,999,426 Health care and health information technology  
New York State Department of Labor New York $5,000,000 Advanced manufacturing and health care  
Cuyahoga Community College District* Ohio $4,084,007 Information technology and health care  
Ohio Department of Job & Family Services^ Ohio $5,000,000 Information technology  
Oklahoma Department of Commerce^ Oklahoma $5,000,000 Construction/architecture  
Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation* Pennsylvania $3,045,533 Advanced manufacturing, health care and natural gas  
Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board^ Pennsylvania $3,302,460 Advanced manufacturing  
Memphis Bioworks Foundation* Tennessee $3,743,098 Health care and social assistance  
Project QUEST Inc.* Texas $5,000,000 Health care  
Tarrant County Local Workforce Development Board^ Texas $5,000,000 Information technology, engineering aerospace and defense industry  
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston* Texas $4,947,159 Health care: clinical laboratory science, health services  
Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Consortium Virginia $5,000,000 Health care  
National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc.^ Virginia $2,232,492 Advanced manufacturing  
W-O-W Workforce Development Inc.^ Wisconsin $4,972,150 Advanced manufacturing  


* indicates the grant will include activities targeted to help the long-term unemployed^ indicates the grant will include on-the-job training

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at  The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  

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