Ohio gets millions to train workers


Ohio gets millions to train workers

The Columbus Dispatch – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and Ohio Democrats touted the release yesterday of millions of federal stimulus dollars aimed at creating "green" jobs by retraining workers for clean-energy fields.

Of $100 million in competitive grants nationally, Ohio will share in five separate awards totaling $23.4 million, according to the Department of Labor. Two grants dedicated to Ohio total about $8.8 million. Ohio will share with multiple states the proceeds of three grants totaling about $14.6 million.

The money is designed to help steel, auto, communication and other workers develop skills to work in clean-energy manufacturing and sustainable-energy fields — making, for example, wind turbines or solar panels. The awards were announced in a conference call yesterday by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Columbus; and other Democratic lawmakers.

Solis estimated that the money would create about 2,000 worker-retraining "slots" in Ohio, and said the Department of Labor Web site will show "one-stop" training centers in Ohio and other states.

For more information about job-training centers, call 1-877-872-5627 or go to http://www.dol.gov and look for the training link. Or, go to http://www.servicelocator.org and enter your ZIP code to find a nearby center.

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