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Idaho's state Department of Labor has been awarded a $3.5 million federal grant for job training aimed at moving the long-term unemployed into high-demand jobs, through on-the-job training, apprenticeships, career counseling and more. Idaho is one of 32 states receiving grants under the U.S. Department of Labor's Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program; among those targeted for help are immigrants and refugees in southwestern Idaho. The grant also will benefit dislocated and laid-off workers; you can read the department's full announcement here.
Idaho has won a national award for its Wounded Warrior Transportation Job Training pilot program, a grant-funded program aimed at vets injured in Afghanistan and Iraq that helps them train for and find employment in the transportation field. Twenty vets are either currently in school or recently graduated as part of the program, which offers training through the College of Western Idaho; 15 are earning commercial driver’s licenses, three graduated from flagger/safety courses, and two renewed commercial licenses. “We’re ready to move forward on a statewide proposal as additional money becomes available,” said Michelle George, who works in the Idaho Transportation Department's human resources office, and wrote the $99,300 grant with Chris Ramos of the Idaho Department of Labor; the money comes from the Federal Highway Administration.
The program helps the wounded vets with financial assistance for training, day care, transportation, records, licensing and certification. It was awarded the 2011 President’s Transportation Award in Administration from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).